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Rutger Zuydervelt - Stay TunedRutger Zuydervelt - Stay Tuned
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1 audio track, (p) 2014
Release date: 04/07/2014

A walk through the orchestra

That's exactly what Rutger Zuydervelt invites us to do: to take a walk through the orchestra. Stay Tuned started as an installation where each speaker plays a continuous loop of a group of instruments playing an A note, as if they were tuning up. Visitors walk freely in this environment, literally walking through the orchestra; each step they take changes the mix of what they hear. In the summer/fall of 2013, this installation was presented indoors at Sounds Like Audio Art in Saskatoon (Canada) and in an outdoor setting at Into the Great Wide Open in Vlieland (The Netherlands).
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1 Stay Tuned (excerpt) 50:00
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Press quotes

What's amazing is that the sense of expectation never leaves. Stay Tuned is an act of preparation, a held breath, or a vase held aloft before being dropped, preluding a piece that never actually comes. It's a purely functional exercise, but it's a beautiful one.
ATTN:MAGAZINE, November 2014

A truly majestic and hypnotic drone work, one of the more rewarding and re-playable drone based releases in recent memory.
MUSIQUE MACHINE, November 2014

A fascinating fabric of noise that comes together in a homogeneous moment of endless music.
HAWÁI, October 2014

An impressive block of sound.
BLOW UP, October 2014

Unique is this sound in any case.
MUSIK AN SICH, September 2014

The ear will quickly discover in this fog, landscapes with ethereal reliefs, made ​​of layers of sounds and timbres of tones gently disjointed and constantly stumbling.
DMUTE, September 2014

Stay Tuned appears as a successful experiment in contemporary music
OBSKÜRE, September 2014

A bit extreme, but also very exciting. Wow!
FREISTIL, August 2014

It's truly a compelling sonic work, where the subtle disintegration of the uniformity of the drone elements initially make it all about textures and modulation, moving from feeling like a (admittedly pretty amazing) science project and unburdening itself into a real live musical composition freed from constraints. Yet then in what I can only assume is some form of peculiar magic, and thanks in no small part to the power of the human voice, it moves from being merely a musical composition into a profound spiritual experience.

A simple idea, but what a way from A to A. And what a magnificent effect.
BAD ALCHEMY, August 2014

A huge, hypnotizing meditation on one single musical expression and a fascinating take on what's possibly the most thrilling vision of acoustic zen released in 2014.
NITESTYLEZ, August 2014

Addictive thing.
NOWA MUZYKA, July 2014

If you think a continuous performance of a single A-note can hardly be interesting enough to keep your focus for the full 50 minutes, you owe it to yourself to try it out. I'm sure you'll be surprised. And amazed!

A very strong piece, [...] a serious modern composer!

There's a ceremonial feel to Stay Tuned, perhaps arising from the associations between droning, chanting and plainsong with religious rituals worldwide; but whether secular or sacred at heart, the music Rutger Zuydervelt and his many friends and collaborators offer up here is often also serenely blissful.
FREQ, July 2014

A beautiful yin and yang of the monotony.