2014 Through My Eyes: Rutger Zuydervelt [Machinefabriek]


“Rutger Zuydervelt is a musician who’s been very active in the field of experimental sound design for about two decades. He has performed solo or as a composer for various artistic installations, and has done soundtracks for different types of visual performances (films, theatre and dance).”
[Our review of “Dubbeltjes”]

How would you summarize this past year on an artistic and personal level?

It was a good one I’d say. Maybe at times too busy, when I felt that too much things where happening at the same time, which made it hard to give everything the attention and dedication that was needed. In the end everything worked out fine though. Highlights included performing with a string quartet, performing Lucier and Robert Ashley pieces at the Stedelijk Museum, working on multiple installations, performing with Dead Neanderthals ‚Endless Voids’ and releasing (in my opinion) some of my best music to date.

Which album have you listened to most often this year (not necessarily released in 2014)?

I listen to so much music… so this is a difficult question… but the one I’ve listened to the most might be Erik K. Skodvin’s ’Flame’…

What was the best gig you’ve attended?

Easy, that was Richard Dawson at Worm, Rotterdam. There was a small audience, and a large part of the concert he was singing acapella, without a microphone, with the audience sitting around him. He’s a truly remarkable songwriter and singer, incredibly raw and delicate at the same time. Goosebumps assured. And he turned out to be quite a comedian as well, between the songs. One of the best live performances I saw, ever.

What was the best non-music related cultural experience you’ve had?

Visiting a Paul Noble exhibition at Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam.

Was there an event within this past year that has significantly influenced your philosophy and outlook on life, or your perception of the world around you? For instance some specific place you visited, people you met and so on?

I’m not really sure in what way it influenced me, but what defenitly had an impact was visiting Cairo last June. It started already with a plane that had to return to the airport because of an engine failure. But eventually we got there. It was only for a very short while, to do one gig, but it was quite a culture shock. The inauguration of Sisi just happened and there were a lot of people on the street. Everything seemed so hectic and chaotic, and there was this discrepancy of the organizers being super friendly and the tention that was hanging in the air. Military and tanks on the street didn’t really help… It made me think of what a struggle these people deal with day by day, and what an easy life I have…

What was your greatest disappointment in 2014?

For a while, it was the fact that our cat was diagnosed to die (cause of kidney failure) this summer. But against the vet’s prediction, she decided to keep on living, now being happier than ever. So that disappointment turned into the greatest relief of 2014. She’s actually sleeping on my lap as I’m typing this.

Your plans, hopes and expectations for 2015?

There’s a soundtrack for a documentary about photographer Eadweard Muybridge I’m going to work on, as well as finishing a dance score for Iván Pérez (with whom I worked several times before). For the rest it’s still pretty open, but I’m hoping to be doing more installation work. And there’s a third album with Australian musician Tim Catlin that is in the making now, so that should be out in 2015. Oh, and this year I worked on music for a very special app… Can’t say too much about it now, but it’s going to be released soon…

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