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Description: Machinefabriek composed 'Sol Sketches' for a documentary about Sol LeWitt, an American artist linked to various movements, including conceptual art and minimalism. Rutger Zuyderveldt has written the following description to tell us a bit about the turn of events that lead to this really rather beautiful set of four 10"s coming to fruition. Enjoy.
Background: "It was May 2010 when film maker Chris Teerink asked me to make the soundtrack for his documentary about Sol LeWitt. I’ll be honest and say that I didn’t even know who Sol LeWitt was until I saw some of his art. I had seen his wall drawings before, but never knew the name of the artist. You’re never too old to learn. Chris and I agreed immediately that work should start on both the music and filming concurrently. I made these musical miniatures to see if they would fit with Chris' vision before seeing any of the filmed material. Perhaps they would even inspire him during the filming process. Besides the work of Sol LeWitt, a very important inspiration for this music came from Morton Feldman's late piano works. For me, these pieces connect well with the works of LeWitt. Sustained piano tones, repeated motifs, lots of silence with subtle electronic elements interspersed. That’s the direction I wanted to go. So I went to the public library, studied some books about LeWitt and started improvising on the piano. With the books opened out in front of me, I just pressed record and played whatever came to mind. These improvisations form the basic structures for the sketches contained on this 10-inch set. Some of these pieces might end up being used on the final film edit in some form or another while others may not be used at all. But as they are now, these short tracks seem to work well as standalone pieces and as an interesting insight to a work in progress."