Secret Photographs, the latest from Machinefabriek, out now on Important Records:
"Alvin Karpis (born Albin Francis Karpowicz; August 10, 1907) was one of the most notorious bank robbers of the twentieth century. He was named public enemy number one and arrested by J. Edgar Hoover in 1936. He was sent to the recently formed Alcatraz penitentiary, where he became its longest serving prisoner.
Karpis was released on parole in 1969, and wrote a best-selling memoir. He moved to Spain in 1973, where he died six years later. In the last years of his life, he became an obsessive photographer, but never showed his work to anyone.
Filmmaker Mike Hoolboom discovered a batch of Karpis’ photos for auction on eBay. He was the lucky winning bidder, and with his newly found treasure, Hoolboom began working on a film, consisting of still images, slowly dissolving one into another.
Intensifying the slow, hypnotic pace and transitions, the musical score follows the three parts of the film (black and white, colour, black and white) with dream-like, barely moving sonic structures.
In the film (which is still in the making, working title 'Secret Photographs'), the music will be accompanied by a voice-over and additional field recordings. On this album though, the original score is presented in it’s pure, unhurried form."