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MACHINEFABRIEK " Stillness Soundtracks II "

The friendship and collaboration between Rutger Zuydervelt (Machinefabriek) and Alessandro Tedeschi (label founder of Glacial Movements), has been going on for several years now and it is constantly evolving. The Dutch artist, in addition to carrying out the graphic designs of all Glacial Movements' releases, is also part of the label’s catalog with the album "Stillness Soundtracks" released in April 2014. Almost 6 years from its publication, here is the new musical tale of the fantastic journey in Antarctica by Esther Kokmeijer. When Esther Kokmeijer asked Rutger Zuydervelt (aka Machinefabriek) to score the second installment of her ‘Stillness’ video series, he didn’t have to think twice. After all, when working on its first volume, the duo found out soon enough that the images of floating icebergs and desolate sea scapes were a perfect fit with Rutger’s glacial sounds (as heard on ‘Stillness Soundtracks’). For that first set, the score was quite lively and layered, as if the music was adding a narrative to the static imagery, suggesting that things were unfolding outside of the screen. For the second ‘Stillness’ installment, the focus is more on what can be seen within the frame – an attempt to capture the solemness of the images – to find beauty, but also sadness in the mesmerizing quality of Esther’s films. This makes ‘Stillness Soundtracks II’ a more sombre and subdued album and one that’s a fitting soundtrack to these alarming times with climate change being a more serious threat than ever. Esther Kokmeijer: “Stillness” depicts tranquil, gliding images of icescapes from the North and South Pole. I filmed these landscapes during my biannual visits to Antarctica as an expedition photographer. The meditative images invite reflection on the unparalleled beauty of this glacial ecology, which appears both vulnerable and resilient.”

 

Rutger Zuydervelt: Trained as a graphic designer, Rotterdam's Rutger Zuydervelt started releasing as Machinefabriek in 2004. In 2006 he released his first official full length album, 'Marijn', which was voted by the Wire as one of that years bests electronica albums. Since then, his discography has expended rapidly, releasing on international labels such as 12K, Staalpaat, Important, Experimedia, Type, Home Normal, Dekorder and Glacial Movements. His improvised live performances has seen stages across the globe, including Japan, Canada, Russia en Israel. Besides making albums and playing gigs, Zuydervelt regularly works with film makers and choreographers, as well as producing on installations.

 

Esther Kokmeijer is an artist, explorer, designer and photographer, currently residing in Rotterdam and working around the globe. From 1996 until 2001 she studied graphic design at the ArtEZ Institute of the Arts. Between 2001 and 2008 she managed her own design studio, besides working as a (travel) photographer for magazines and newspapers. Since 2008 she has worked as an independent artist. For some of her projects she collaborates with scientists and other professionals. In 2013 she studied Arctic and Antarctic Science, a minor at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (RUG). Since 2013 she also seasonally works as an expedition photographer and polar guide, sailing to the Arctic during the Arctic summer and to Antarctica during the Antarctic summer. Kokmeijer's work has been exhibited and published worldwide. For various projects, she had visited 84 countries. Furthermore, she has participated in art residency programs in The Netherlands, Indonesia, South Korea, Greenland, Antarctica, Spitsbergen, Germany, France, Mongolia, and China.

 

Track Listing:

1. Stillness #6 (Lemaire Channel, Antarctica)

2. Stillness #7 (Antarctic Sound, Antarctica)

3. Stillness #8 (Laubeuf Fjord, Antarctica)

4. Stillness #9 (Hanusse Bay, Antarctica)

5. Stillness #10 (Antarctic Sound, Antarctica)

 

Label: Glacial Movements

Artist: Machinefabriek

Release date : 27th January 2020

Format: CD Digipack with 16pp booklet

Cat. Num: GM040

Barcode: 8033959880388

Soundtrack for Stillness – Brash Ice, Pack Ice, Growlers, Bergy Bits and Icebergs, a series of cinematic landscapes by Esther Kokmeijer, filmed in Antarctica, 2014–2017.

Music by Rutger Zuydervelt, Rotterdam, May/June 2018.

Mastered by Alex Gamez at Storung Sudio.

Sleeve design by Rutger Zuydervelt.

A Glacial Movements Records release, January 2020. All rights reserved.

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NETHERWORLD " Algida Bellezza "

This is a record of muffled and sombre drones, one that conjures up mental images that are as icy as its cover artwork. BLEEP
To say that this is soul music would not be correct. However to say this is music for the soul would so obviously be right.MAGAZINE 60

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The year 2013 was very important for the recording career of the founder and artistic director of Glacial Movements, Alessandro Tedeschi aka Netherworld. 2013 represented the release of the album "Alchemy of Ice”, which received many positive reviews the music press internationally. In the following years the artist from Rome signed another work "Zastrugi" (2015) for the label’s Iceberg series devoted to techno / dub. Subsequently there was the album "Himuro" (2017), composed with Eraldo Bernocchi, musician and soundtrack composer, known for his work in the electronic music field and the European post-industrial music scene. So after a break of 6 years, Netherworld returns to publish the new ambient solo work: "Algida Bellezza". The source of inspiration refers to an event long awaited by the artist but far from the glacial themes; the birth of his daughter in November 2015. This work is completely dedicated to her. A very strong emotional impulse led the artist to compose the textures of the five songs on the album. The soundscapes were composed mainly during the night whilst the little princess was cradled in the arms of her dad. Only one instrument was used - the Roland VP9000 connected with a multi-effect rack. The tracks of the songs were then entrusted to the sound engineer and friend Matteo Spinazzè Savaris, who in addition to performing the final mixing and mastering, was also co-producer of the disc. Video directed by Uršula Berlot & Sunčana Kuljiš Gaillot.

 

The titles of the compositions refer to the Latin names of various animal species living in the arctic: Vulpes lagopus (Arctic Fox), Somniosus microcephalus (Greenland Shark), Orcinus orca (Orca), Monodon monoceros (Narwhal) and Ursus maritimus ( Polar Bear). Perhaps a parallel exists between the beauty, innocence and fragility of a newborn baby girl and that of the flora and fauna present in the fragile Arctic ecosystems? Netherworld's answer is in the soundscapes of "Algida Bellezza". The cover photo was taken in Greenland by photographer Carsten Egevang for the Qimmeq project. The project aims to show the importance of the Greenland sled dog – both in present-day Greenland and in the past. Carsten Egevang participates in the project as a photographer with special focus on documenting the use of the sled dog in today’s Greenland. Greenland holds the Arctic’s largest remaining sled dog population and a globally unique traditional dog sled culture. But both the sled dog and the culture that goes with it are threatened with extinction. The dog population has been reduced from 31 000 dogs twenty years ago to a present low of less than 15 000 and the situation is growing worse. Decreasing sea-ice cover due to climate warming and competition from snowmobiles is held responsible for the present alarming situation.

 

 

Track Listing:

1. Vulpes lagopus

2. Somniosus microcephalus

3. Orcinus orca

4. Monodon monoceros

5. Ursus maritimus

 

Label: Glacial Movements

Artist: Netherworld

Release date : 18th October 2019

Format: CD 6 panels Digipack with specials finish

Cat. Num: GM039

Barcode: 8033959880371

All tracks written, composed and produced by Netherworld, on November 2015.

Co-produced, Arranged, Mixed and Mastered by Matteo Spinazzè Savaris @ Jung Studio on June 2019.

Sleeve design by Rutger Zuydervelt.

Photo: Sled Dog Snow Blizzard, Carsten Egevang Photography, Scoresbysund, East Greenland April 2017.

Video directed by Uršula Berlot & Sunčana Kuljiš Gaillot.

A Glacial Movements records release, October 2019. All rights reserved.

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LINE SPECTRUM " Bruma "

Line Spectrum – “Fabric Merge” video premiere @ FREQ MAG
An absolute must-hear for any fans of field recording-based compositionTONESHIFT

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Line Spectrum is the new project by Oleg Puzan from Ukraine, who also released some excellent works on the Cryo Chamber label as Dronny Darko. Line Spectrum is a sound art project that is created to expand sonic boundaries through sound manipulations, often in a form of severe minimalism using a vast palette of microscopic sounds forming an immersive auditory monsoon. Slowly evolving textures mixed with field recordings and synthesized particles suits as a perfect perception environment for a listener. His works often reflect the state of tranquility through blending together deep ambiences, musique concrète, avant-garde elements and silence.Line Spectrum’s compositions require focused listening and is often best experienced on using hight quality headphones.

Bruma is an album of exploration. Somewhere cold and safe. Where nature is pure and expands as far as the eyes can see. Immersive drones combined with textured particles and field recording pieces create a place to dissolve in.

 

Track Listing:

1. A Set of Events at the Shore

2. Fabric Merge

3. Ways

4. Fluidity

5. Quietness

 

Label: Glacial Movements

Artist: Line Spectrum

Release date : 5th July 2019

Format: CD 6 panels Digipack

Cat. Num: GM038

Barcode: 8033959880364

Written, Produced, Performed - Line Spectrum

Sleeve design by Rutger Zuydervelt.

A Glacial Movements records release, July 2019. All rights reserved.

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EQUAL STONES " Below Zero "

Schaap creates an impressive, tangible sense of forbidden place that is desolate and ominous..TONESHIFT

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From the perennial layers of the permafrost, Glacial Movements brings out the music of the talented Dutch artist Amandus Schaap aka Equal Stones. From the first experimental outing - exploring the possibilities of production work in 2012's "Temporal Displacement", the project Equal Stones has always been about getting to know the hidden places within the subconscious. Progressing over the years and finding a consistent stylistic sound on the two LP's "Transgression" and "Hans of a Murderer" the project turned towards very textural induced drone ambient, in which it's still firmly rooted. With "Below Zero", the first sittings of writing and producing were specifically designed for Glacial Movements. The record is icy cold, thickly layered with textures - reminiscent of heavy, slow moving, glacial scenery.A dark, sometimes brooding atmosphere combines these elements into an intense ride which was masterfully mastered by Rafael Anton Irisarri, further accentuating the cold textures.

 

Track Listing:

1. Presence 7:03

2. Terretorial Dominion 8:28

3. Howling Fjord 7:10

4. A Fire Long Extinguished 9:54

5. Fragmented Ice 16:31

 

Label: Glacial Movements

Artist: Equal Stones

Release date : 30th March 2019

Format: CD 6 panels Digipack

Cat. Num: GM037

Barcode: 8033959880357

Written, produced and mixed by Amandus Schaap.

Mastered by Rafael Anton Irisarri.

Cover photo by Bjarne Riesto, sleeve design by Rutger Zuydervelt.

A Glacial Movements records release, March 2019. All rights reserved.

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