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Rutger Zuydervelt Curates Bridges: Eight Improv Players React To Four Dutch Bridges

Rutger Zuydervelt (aka Machinefabriek) and Gerco Hiddink have curated Bridges - an audiovisual project involving four pairs of Improv players reacting to field recordings and video made at four bridges between Sinderen and Nijmegen in The Netherlands. Mats Gustafsson is paired with trumpeter Nate Wooley, Jon Mueller is with Burkhard Beins, Steven Hess is with Erik Carlsson, and Jim Denley is with Espen Reinertsen.

Zuydervelt paired the eight musicians not to play together, but to react separately to the field recordings, which he then mixed together with the primary field recordings. The four pieces will be released on vinyl, as a double 12" picture disc, with the artwork printed with a zoetropic series of images of the bridges.

Hiddink says: “Like music, film is time-based. Print is static. I thought that if I could find a way to translate the video into print, some element of time and movement would remain within the design… I edited dozens of small film loops per bridge, and placed frames of these in rings on vinyl, so that when the record is played, the film comes alive again in stop-motion. It's a moving photograhic score.”

Bridges will be released on vinyl in October, and as a digital download in September. Those who want to stay up to date with the project should email Listen to an album preview below:

Bridges - album preview by Machinefabriek