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Rutger Zuydervelt — Sneeuwstorm (Preview)

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Machinefabriek was one of my first introductions to the world of ambient music, and I still cherish his albums mightily, especially modern electro-acoustic classics like Marijn and Dauw. Now, word comes of a new release under the Dutch artist’s birth name, Rutger Zuydervelt, on Jason Lescalleet’s Glistening Examples.

Zuydervelt’s strength has always rested in his deft production skills when handling organic sound sources. In the preview for Sneeuwstorm, the listener is treated to piles of processed soprano and tenor saxophone, all bursting forth for attention. Equal awareness is given to each sound source, dominance is balanced, and the collaborative edge between digital and acoustic sonics is kept in electric tension. Sneeuwstorm is out sometime in February—keep ’em peeled.

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