Machinefabriek – Dwaal/Wold

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Not an obscure 80’s Italian cassette this time. Current, obscure Dutch audio tinkerer and graphic artist – hence the lovely sleeve, he always has good artwork. Was available as a cassette, of course, but they’re all gone now. Machinefabriek is a prolific and always intriguing guy. What you’ve got here is two near 20 min slabs of ambience, drones and glitches. It doesn’t really work as background music, it’s far too low key for that, you have to tune your hearing in to its subtleties if you’re going to bother at all. Of course, it’s easy to take the piss out of this sort of thing, you might achieve a similar effect by lying on the floor of the kitchen listening to the boiler and the fridge continue their eternal debate over temperature while the wind rustles the bare trees in the garden. It’s also possible to write all sorts of grand and foolish things about it should you try. There’s processed field recordings and so on, they always bring a calming blank canvas don’t they? Of the two ‘Wold’ is the one I like better, eased along by a pulse of gentle piano notes and quiet birdsong you can’t be quite sure is there or not. If you ever sat, or fell asleep infront of, an old TV tuned to no station and marveled at the sound and patterns in the static then the other track ‘Dwaal’ is more on that type of vibe. The sound of the wind against the mic, squalls of electrical weather. It’s meditative, not the sort of thing you listen to with anyone else. Possibly not the sort of thing you feel the need to listen to more than once either. I love it, did I mention the beautiful sleeve?

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