‘Maastunnel’ is created entirely from archival field recordings made in Rotterdam and is part of the ‘010’ compilation, out on Fog Mountain as a free download: www.fogmountainrecords.bandcamp.com
I wrote this on The Ransom Note accompanying the release of the track:
As I have been living in Rotterdam for over 10 years now, the RE:VIVE Rotterdam sample pack stirred up memories and recognition. It feels really close to me. One particular memory it ignited was from about 5 years ago. I would often visit a friend in the south of Rotterdam, and slightly dazed by alcohol I would cycle back late at night through the Maastunnel. At this time of day it was deserted there. To get downstairs you’d have to put your bike on the wooden escalator and hold on tight and you could hear the grating and creaking of the old machinery. But when you cycle through the tunnel itself there is a beautiful long echo on even the tiniest of noises. Every time it would scare me and fascinate me at the same time and it felt so lonely and melancholic.
I created the track with Ableton Live using various samples from the sample pack. The synths are created from a ship horn, the arpeggiated sound is created from the Metro bleep and the melody synth sound was made using a steam tram sample. For the deep bass I used buzzing from the Maastunnel. The kick was created using a motortram horn and the other drums were created using various sounds from the Maastunnel machineroom and the sound of unloading coal at the Port of Rotterdam. The Maastunnel, an airplane flying over on Bevrijdingsdag and some crowd noise from the Coolsingel were used to create fx and background noise. – Alberta Balsam
Read here what A Closer Listen wrote about my track:
The latter part of 010 includes some of its most unpredictable tracks. Fis and Meta eschew beats in deference to dark, abrasive excursions, while Oaktree softens the blow with edgy ambience. ANIK’s “Maastunnel” is the most obvious choice for a single, as it returns often to a palpable chorus and contains the most relatable samples. – A Closer Listen, 2016