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Mort Aux Vaches

  • Title: Mort Aux Vaches
  • Artists: Peter Broderick, Machinefabriek
  • Label: Mort Aux Vaches
  • Format: CD
  • Genres: Experimental Electronic, Electro-Acoustic
  • Price: €16,80EU (incl. 19% VAT)€14,12non-EU

w/ Kleefstra, Bakker, Kleefstra and Nils Frahm

1. Session I
2. Session III (Angelige Noaten)
3. Session II

Peter Broderick: violin, piano, saw, voice
Rutger Zuydervelt: guitar, objects, effects
Jan Kleefstra: words (track 2)
Romke Kleefstra: guitar, effects (track 2)
Anne Chris Bakker: guitar, effects, laptop (track 2)
Nils Frahm: piano (track 2)

Produced and recorded for Dwars by Berry Kamer
Amsterdam, 5 November 2009

Mastered by Nils Frahm.

Artwork & concept by Staalplaat
"The Mort Aux Vaches recordings, made at the Dutch radio station VPRO under the guidance of Berry Kamer, started out as gig recordings. You know, a band passes through town and play their live set in the afternoon in a radio studio, tape an interview and a program is dully made. After all those years (close to fifteen I reckon), and all those releases, a few weren't made like that. In fact only a few are 'specials', recorded the occasion, such as Pan Sonic's meeting with Charlemagne Palestine. And perhaps this one. At the core we find Rutger Zuydervelt, also known as Machinefabriek, who gathered a few of his guests from various areas to play together: Peter Broderick (violin, piano, saw and voice), both on all three tracks, and on the second piece Jan Kleefstra (words), Romke Kleefstra (guitar, effects), Anne Chris Bakker (guitar, effects, laptop) and Nils Frahm (piano), all on the second piece. I choose 'Broderick & Machinefabriek' as the main artists to headline this review. This extended line-up makes this altogether quite a more musical release, than the solo work of Zuydervelt sometimes is. Atmospheric piano tones throughout all three pieces, meandering violins, layered singing on 'Session III' (which is actually second track on the CD). Everybody join in 'Session II', the third track on the CD, although the cover might be wrong, as they are all credited to playing on track two, which clearly isn't the case, hearing Jan' Frysian poetry here, but perhaps the cover should have read not track 2 but session 2? Almost chamber music like, reminding the listener to play some older records of the Obscure label again. Partly improvised by some of the players, while the real instruments - piano mainly, violin partly - keep it together as an almost classical piece of music. Maybe the third session could have been edited down a bit, as it meanders a bit too much, but it certainly has that great afternoon live feel to it. An excellent work throughout. It would be great to see more of these sessions of (un-)expected collaborations.“ (FdW)