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It was just a matter of time before there would be a collaboration between Celer and Machinefabriek, both being among the most productive musicians of this time. Not that Will Long (Celer) and Rutger Zuydervelt (Machinefabriek) actually got together to record Maastunnel / Mt. Mitake, but swapping recordings through the internet with each other is good enough in this case (and eventually they did a tour together in The Netherlands and Belgium so it all worked out well).
For this two tracks both made recordings in the cities they are now living, Long in Tokyo and Zuydervelt in Rotterdam. These recordings got swapped to let both of the work with each others recordings.
In the track Maastunnel we find recordings from Rotterdam (at least I would think so considering the name) which were reworked in such away that we still hear the creaking of the wooden construction in the building, but at the same time there is this very clear trademark of the music by Celer. There are long stretched sounds of which the source isn’t really recognizable any more. It has this feeling of sadness over it that we know so very well by now. But don’t let this hold you back at it is one with beauty. Great ambient music.
On the flipside we find Mt. Mitake which seems to have a wee bit more the Machinefabriek stamp on it. Again we hear stretched sounds, but the sound is a bit sharper with higher pitched sounds. The field-recordings used here are more natural, with sounds from the rain (so it seems), as well as sounds from passing cars. As a whole the piece is a bit more on the heavy side with more bass and the ringing higher tones.
Maastunnel / Mt. Mitake is a lovely 7″ presented with some amazing artwork and a free card incl. download code.
Listen to the 2 tracks at bandcamp
Celer & Machinefabriek – Maastunnel / Mt. Misake is limited to 250 and sold-out but can still be bought in digital format at Bandcamp