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"Rutger and Stephen sort of accidentally met through e-mail. A simple note regarding an ordering question for a CD led to an enthusiastic e-mail conversation and climaxed in a musical collaboration. This all happened in a very short period, both musicians being very inspired by the concept of 'exchange,' as a means to cross space and time -- Rutger living in the Netherlands and Stephen in Virginia. Most of the time, when (electronic) musicians work together, it's a matter of swapping digital files. In this case they decided to do something different and sent each other a box full of (mostly non-musical, or musically non-functional) objects and recordings, with the 'assignment' to make music with those objects and all as source materials. As the titles tell, we're talking about an egg cutter, thumb piano, a broken Kraakle box, rice, chocolate sprinkles, old cassette tapes, a broken 7" record, etc . Both musicians made two of their own solo tracks with the box they received, and the last track was done together by Rutger adding sounds and processing to a piece started by Stephen. For Rutger/Machinefabriek, this is part of his most delicate work. For Stephen, it was a new and extremely enjoyable form of long-distance collaboration."