An audio-visual project with Gerco Hiddink
Gerco made a graphic design for a sleeve that didn't yet have music yet. An imaginary album. After a presentation of the design, an audience member suggested that I (Machinefabriek) could make the music for it. That sounded like a great plan, but instead of me composing pieces, we decided to take a different route, fitting to the concept of the design.
Gerco used photos of four different bridges. We visited these bridges again, now to make field recordings. These recordings were send to different improvisers, with the 'assignment' to react on it, with their instruments. Per bridge we asked two musicians. Instead of playing with each other, they didn't know what the other would come up with. The ressemblance was that both reacted on the same field recording. After the recordings we send to me, I mixed them, together with the field recordings.
The duos that are on the Bridges album:
Jim Denley & Espen Reinertsen
Burkhard Beins & Jon Mueller
Mats Gustafsson & Nate Wooley
Erik Carlsson & Steven Hess
The design was based on a double picture disc in a gate fold sleeve, with printed inner sleeves. Like the most expensive thing you can make... but we decided to stay true to the concept and to finance the manufacturing of the LPs ourselves. An edition of 250 numbered copies are made.
The Bridges blog
LP sold out