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Article: Album Review

Ruben Machtelinckx: Sualme

Read "Sualme" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


As a local resident, Belgian musician Ruben Machtelinckx was asked to contribute to Kunst en Zwalm (Art and Zwalm) 2019, a contemporary art festival that happens every two years in Zwalm, a small village on the Belgian countryside. Machtelinckx settled on a sound diary format, taking a digital recorder and instruments he could bring with him ...

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Article: Record Label Profile

Aspen Edities: The Album as a Work of Art

Read "Aspen Edities: The Album as a Work of Art" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


It's a paradox of the digital age that it has spawned some of the most beautiful physical editions of music, but perhaps it's quite logical. In an age where almost everything becomes available digitally, it's a good thing for a physical product to distinguish itself. This is exactly what the records from the Belgian-based label Aspen ...

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Article: Album Review

Linus + Skarbø / Leroux: Linus + Skarbø / Leroux

Read "Linus + Skarbø / Leroux" reviewed by Dave Wayne


In the seven years since its inception, El Negocito Records, based in Ghent, Belgium, has established itself as one of the most adventurous and far-ranging independent labels on the European new music scene. The phrase “new music" is operative here because the label concentrates on improvisation in all of its musical guises. There are modern jazz ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Ruben Machtelinckx & Linus: Belgian Experimental Music, Strings Attached

Read "Ruben Machtelinckx & Linus: Belgian Experimental Music, Strings Attached" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Belgian guitarist/composer Ruben Machtelinckx has built an impressive catalog of recordings as a leader since graduating from the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp in 2010. He tends to work in groups with no drummer, a chamber jazz approach that suits his lyrical, sometimes minimalist compositions well. His guitar style is tasteful and devoid of flashy pyrotechnics: even ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Silent Songs: Introducing Ruben Machtelinckx

Read "Silent Songs: Introducing Ruben Machtelinckx" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


The easiest way to impress as a musician is to play loud and fast, but it is not necessarily the most emotionally engaging way of playing music. Instead, some of the best music creates a quiet room that it is possible to inhabit for the listener and such a space has become necessary in a time ...


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