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Of What Once Was

by Machinist

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The fourth full length record by MACHINIST, Of What Once Was, comprises of two tracks with a combined running time of 55 minutes. The diptych consists of the tracks ‘mono tone in d’ and ‘of what once was’.
‘mono tone in d’ is inspired by the concept of the ‘Monotone Symphony’ (1949) by French artist Yves Klein. In this composition a chamber orchestra
plays only one note for twenty minutes, followed by an equal measure of silence. MACHINIST takes up this concept as a premise on which he builds an electric guitar piece in d, with the only variation being the length of tones and different shapes of resonance.
‘of what once was’ is a live improvised piece, a bookend and closing performance recording of a series of shows following the release of the album ‘Viens Avec Moi Dans Le Vide’ (2010, Betontoon). The piece marks the transition in the sonic adventures of MACHINIST from guitar based drone work into new and as of yet uncharted territories and unknown spatiality.
The red thread throughout the album is the use of electric guitar as a means to embark on a sonic quest for the tension between spatial sound and tonality of field recordings and the, per se, non-spatiality of
computer-generated tones and noise and the inherent resonance(s) of the electric guitar and amplifier(s). These aspects all coalesce in the listening space where the listener experiences the sonic and spatial factors inherent in both pieces of ‘Of What Once Was’.

ABOUT Machinist
Machinist is the solo project of Dutch artist Zeno van den Broek, who also worked as architect with a
specialization in the field of urban living in a networking society. In his music there is a clear focus on urban environment and the immersive experience of space. Since 2005 he has releases several CD-R albums and performed at several Dutch festivals and venues. Leading in 2009, together with Mendel Kaelen, to winning the Dutch X-Vektor, a contest for finding underground talent.


released May 23, 2011

This is release MFR011
Illustration: Julie Dassaud
Performer by Machinist (Zeno van den Broek)

Live recording of "Of What Once Was" by Matthijs Kievit




Zeno van den Broek Utrecht, Netherlands

Zeno van den Broek is a Dutch-born, Copenhagen-based composer and artist. Van den Broek works in a multi-sensory way to research and express physical, social and acoustic notions. He utilises audiovisual means to create site and concept specific works. He works with a characteristic artistic language based on minimalist and fundamental elements such as sine waves, lines, noise and grids. ... more

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