Matthew VandenBrook – In The Distance [SLNT080]
In the distance one can hear thunder. Systematic, obnoxious, threatening. In the distance one can see lightning. Slight, beautiful, full of promise.
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31 May 2015
At night I cannot sleep. Haven’t in years. Breathe. Breathe. Eventually sleep will come.
Matthew VandenBrook was born in metropolitan Detroit in 1972, just in time to witness the environment around him begin to rust away. Gone was the magic of Motown. Factories closed, people moved. Such was life. As a child of the seventies he listened closely to his parents record collection but found very little that connected spiritually with him until the day he discovered his parents soundtracks to the films 2001: A Space Odyssey and Solaris by Andrey Tarkovsky. The drones that washed over those albums spoke directly to his soul and stirred a lifelong obsession for music that was electronic in nature. Then when Matthew discovered post punk mtv in the early 80’s there was absolutely no doubt that music would play a central role in his life. In 1991 Matthew purchased his first sampler / synthesizer (a Casio FZ1 which he still owns) and immediately set to work programming industrial and noise works. After a short time in a local Goth band Matthew returned to the world of electronic music and began producing industrial and electronica works. By the early 2000’s electronica has lost much of its luster and Matthew began sliding to the periphery once again, furthering his musical exploration within the worlds of noise, drone, ambient, and experimental