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A poster publication inspired by the cultural scene in Amsterdam. Featuring Machinefabriek, Peter Greenaway, arts & crafts, The Low Anthem and more. This issue's poster is the band Earth.

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  • WHATS ON IN AMSTERDAM.

    EARTH POSTER BY HRAFNHILDUR HELGADTTIR

    INSIDE:IS TALKING SHIT REALLY A CRAFT TOO?

    THE MINIMALISATION OF MACHINEFABRIEKCINEMAS DYING BREATH. FINALLY

    WWW.UNFOLDAMSTERDAM.NL FREE EVERY SECOND THURSDAY

    POSTER 15 VOLUME 01 1 APRIL-14 APRIL

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    By Steven McCarron Illustration by Geoff Kim

    ofmusicandmachinefabriek

    Rutger Zuydervelt, AKA Machinefabriek, is one of the Netherlands most prolific recording acts, but youve probably never heard him on the radio or seen him on TV. Its certainly not a setback, however. His continuous flow of experimental albums, field recordings, soundtracks and collaborations attracts attention from London to Tokyo, but the World Minimal Music Festival has taken him to Muziekgebouw.

    Will your sets in Amsterdam and Eindhoven this month be comprised of previously composed works or new improvisations?My concerts are always improvised. I wouldnt even know how to perform my recorded works live. These shows will be Machinefabriek at his most minimal, I think. But you never know whats going to happen...

    How does it feel to be up there with Steve Reich and other renowned minimal composers?Its fantastic to play, although it feels strange to be in the same programme as brilliant composers like Reich, Glass, Ten Holt, etc. I must confess, I feel a bit out of place between those legends. But on the other

    hand, these minimal composers have definitely had an influence on my music. Reichs phasing methods are particularly inspiring.

    A major aim of the festival is to bring minimal music to a broader audience. How would you encourage newbies to these concerts? The influence of minimal music in modern electronica and ambient is evident. If youre into artists like Deaf Center and Max Richter, or stuff like Aphex Twin and Plaid, it wont be difficult to hear the beauty and purity in the pieces the ensembles will be playing. Its not a world apart.

    Weve got Gagarin fever On your recent release Apollo, you soundtrack Makino Takashis short film In Your Star. Is this music inspired from your own preconceptions about space travel? The concept of the film is to do with seeing yourself as a star in the universe. Its all a bit abstract. But I used NASA sounds and field recordings to fill in some story. I think it gives the film an extra layer, but still leaves room for the viewer to create their own meaning.

    World Minimal Music Festival takes place until 3 April. Machinefabriek will also perform an improvised soundtrack with Gareth Davis at Theater Kikker (Utrecht) on 9 April.

    Space is only noise

    music

  • highlightswww.unfoldamsterdam.nl 1april-14april

    tuesday5aprilThe Low AnThemParadiso (Grote Zaal), 19.30, 16 + membershippicturethis:itsoneofthoseearlyspringnights,notyetwarmenoughtosatisfyyourcravingsforsummer,butpleasantenoughforyoustayoutlatewithacoupleoffriends,enjoyingafewbeerswithouttheneedtowrapupinajacket.youvegottheweather,thedrinkandthecompany,allyouneednowistheperfectsoundtrack.thatswhererhodeislandoutfitthelowanthemcomein.theseguysandgirltakefolk,gospelandblues,thenmeltitdownintotheirownbeautifullyfragileinterpretationofspiritualamericana.theresawholelotoftroubadourwisdominthemixtoo,bringingtomindthelikesoftomwaits,bobdylanandleonardcohen.theyvebeenrefiningtheseinfluencesforagoodwhilealready,onlybreak-ingthroughacoupleofyearsagowithOh My God, Charlie Darwin,andtheyrecarryingthatmomentumovertonewalbumSmart Flesh.(LS)

    GAGArin BroThersMaloe Melo, 22.00itfeelsveryauspiciousthattherussianrocknrollbandGagarinbrothersareplayingamsterdamexactlyaweekbeforethe50than-niversaryofyuriGagaringettinghisassblast-edofftowardsthestarsandintheprocessbecomingthefirsthumaninspace.intributetocosmonaut#1,whosaidhesawnobordersfromouterspace,thisaccordion-fuelledquartetmanagestomineafullhalf-centuryofdifferentmusicalinfluences:rockabilly,surf,gypsyjazz,twist,polkaandawholearrayofformersovietrepublicpartystyles.asGagarinalsosaid,offwego! (SK)

    wednesday6aprilDirTy Dozen BrAss BAnDParadiso (Grote Zaal), 22.00, 18 + membershipmardiGrashascomeandgonethisyear,butwhenitcomestobrassbands,thepartyneverneedslowdown.thisoriginalneworleanssethavebeenonthegosince77,addingfunk,bop,hopandperpetuallybroadeningthestreetparaderepertoiretopavethewayforcontemporarygroupslikethehiphop-infusedyoungbloodbrassbandandtheslickG-star-

    poweredhypnoticbrassensemble.thirtyyearsofmarchingaroundtheglobehasntyettakenitstollbecausewhentheseguyscometotownitaintnothinbutaparty.

    thursday7aprilJAmes BLAkeMelkweg (The Max), 21.00, sold outsothisbritboyhasbeenoneofthebiggesthypesoftheyear,highlightedbythisshowsellingoutinabouteightseconds.itsfairenoughhisself-titleddebutisanemotion-allydrainingbutsonicallyinterestingmixofautotuner&b,shortburstsofthunderousbass,lyricallywhiningloopsandmomentsofabstractnothingness,settinghimapartfromthecreativeelectronic/dubstepcrowdheemergedfromlastyear.assuch,themaxwillbeprimarilyseatedthisevening.awayfromthedancefloor,blakewantsyoutoembracetheawkwardnessofeachcarefullycomposedsilenceratherthandancingorstandingchattingatthebar.

    wednesday13aprilhAino AmBArchi omALLey TrioOCCII, 21.00, 7.50whenitcomestoexperimentalsounds,amster-damisoverflowingwithcreativitythismonth.therestheworldminimalmusicfestivalatmuziekgebouw(until3april),monolakeattrouw(2april),knalpotpresentingtheirnewepinot301(9april),theprogrammedroboticen-sembleatot301(13april)andevenourposterboysearth.butthesethreeguyscomingtotowntonightalwaysmakeanoisetogetexcitedabout.theyrepassingthroughamsterdamontheirwaytotilburg,wherestephenomalleyandorenambarchisdoomlordalter-egossunno)))curatetheinternationallyrenowned,stoner-friendlyroadburnfestival.theirblackcloakswontberequiredtonight,butyoucanstillexpectsomethingofanoff-the-wallritualisticperformanceinthiscollaborationwithJapaneseexperimentalistkeijihaino.togethertheyvejustreleasedtheirsecondlivealbum,examiningthespaceandtexturesthatcanbecreatedviaguitars,drums,vocalsandelectronics.ticketsareonlyavailableatthedoorsogetthereearly.theresdJsupportafterwardsfromthednkandViralradiocrews.

    thursday14aprileArThSugar Factory, 20.00, 14 + membershipkeepingwiththeroadburntheme,thisseattlebandarealsoontheirwaytotilburgforsomesuitablyincestuoussonics.seeifyoucanfollowsunno)))arecuratingroadburn,invitingearthdownsouthonthistour.sunno)))originallybeganasatributetoearth.sunno)))sGregandersonisthebossoflabelsouthernlord,whorecurrentlyhandlingearthreleases.andtheearthnamewasoriginallyanodtoblacksabbath,whereastonightinamsterdamabandcalledsabbathassemblywillsupportthem.butasidefromthat,earthisaverydifferentbeasttothebandborninthelate80s.nolongerasuperdoomoutfittuningintothelowerfrequenciesoftheplanet,dylancarlsonsexperimentalinstrumentalbandembracemelody,aswellasalternativeinstrumentssuchascello.infact,whereastheirearlierworksreflectedblacksabbathonamalfunctioningturntable,thesongsonrecentalbumAngels of Darkness, Demons of Light Irecallthedark,melodictwangofthesadies,thoughstillslowlygrindingtoahalt.

    De kifTParadiso (Grote Zaal), 20.30, 18 + membershipah,thethrillofanewalbumbydekift.liketheirgoodfriendstheex,thislongrunningcollectivewillneverescapetheartpunksidentifier,ifonlybecausetheiralways-evolvingsoundistoocomplextonavigatebynormalmeans.theirnewalbumBrikisasuitablyadventurousglobaladventure,fromafricatosouthamericaviasmall-townfrieslandstreetscenes.percussionrules,staccatoguitarrhythmsdanceamongstrhythmicbrassbursts,andsadgypsystringsentanglewithmelancholicvocals.itsbeenfartoolongsincetheytooktoparadisosmainstage,soembracetheexperience.likewise,grabacopyofnewalbumBrikeachcopyishand-packagedbylo-calpixies;thecdcominginsideabookcoveredinrecycledjute.

    For all music visit: www.unfoldamsterdam.nl

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    Death is not the End?By Luuk van Hut

    Greenawayspeaksillofthecinemasuits

    On 2 April, the world-famous filmmaker and artist Peter Greenaway is set to give an illustrated lecture at Kriterion, explaining how the art of cinema is dead but the business just doesnt realise it yet. Hell also outline his vision of the next incarnation, which hes lovingly dubbed Zinema. Although this event sold out in six hours, making it highly unlikely youll be able to bask in the wisdom of the master himself if you havent already reserved a ticket, our faithful friend YouTube has clips of a similar lecture, which you can access through our website.

    The curator of the lecture is none other than Jeffrey Babcock, the inexhaustible champion of Amsterdams underground cinema, and its part of a series of lectures and performances that take place at the Rietveld Academy and Kriterion under the header Cinema Degree Zero. Babcocks screenings of rare, obscure, bizarre and always memorable films have provided breaths of fresh air for almost five years now. Theyre certainly a welcome counter to the

    increasingly insipid blockbusters in the multiplexes. As Babcock states: In retaliation to the impending crisis, Hollywood pumps more and more money into their productions in the vain hope that they can survive with their old fashioned formulas.

    To prove the point, feel free to peruse our online review of the visually amazing, over-the-top bombastic action flick Sucker Punch. While its fairly entertaining popcorn fluff, the fact that director Zack Snyder has clearly constrained his fantasy to incorporate a PG-13 rating and reach the teen demographic is potent proof of the creative wasteland that is contemporary Hollywood. But isnt Greenaway preaching to the converted here anyway? Kriterion is an art-house cinema that draws crowds of eager young cinephiles, not a multiplex filled with hooting teens. Nor is it an LA boardroom filled with suits developing Transform-ers XIII and Sudoku: The Movie. Cin