Born on 28 July 1978 in Apeldoorn (The Netherlands), but now living in Rotterdam,
Rutger Zuydervelt started working as Machinefabriek in 2004. The name (which means ‘machine factory’) was on the façade of a building Rutger passed everytime he went shopping for groceries.
Rutger had some piano and guitar lesson in his youth, but never went to study music. Instead he studied graphic design at the art academy in Arnhem and is still working as a (freelance) designer, combining it with his musical career.

Machinefabriek’s music combines elements of ambient, modern classical, drone, noise and field recordings, to create ‘films without image’. Influences include
Fennesz, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and especially Oren Ambarchi.
Machinefabriek - Stillness Soundtracks

Artists: Machinefabriek
P: 2014

Stillness Soundtracks' is music for films shot in Greenland and Antarctica by director Esther Kokmeijer, and it finds Machinefabriek – aka Rotterdam's Rutger Zuydervelt – working with both acoustic and digital means, as though he were using analogue and digital cameras. The music has the required glacial chill that keenly evokes the remote locations, and by using suspended chords that move ever so slowly Zuydervelt creates an unusual kind of tension. The live instrumentation used in the introduction (the curiously titled ('Chinstrap')) has some gorgeous colours, while the first of five 'Stillness' tracks, depicting The FRAM in Greenland, is quite stern, suggesting darker elements – which 'The Protector (Antarctica)' picks up with more than a hint of menace. This is another of those Glacial Movements releases that seems suspended in time and space, and if you give it the right amount of room and listen closely it really does take you to a different state of mind through its sheer musical beauty.

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