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    Michel Banabila – Sound Years

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    Transparent 175g heavy weight vinyl LP in full color cover. All tracks composed by Michel Banabila except: ‘Radio Spelonk’ by Banabila & Van Geel. ‘Yarra’ by Banabila & Zuydervelt. A1. Close To The Moon (previously unreleased / 2016) A2. Earth Visitor (from Earth Visitor / 2016) A3. E.T. (from Traces / 2007) A4. Gorlice (from Live in Gorlice / 2014) A5. 47 Voice Loops (from 47 Voice Loops / 2013) B1. Stone Bridge (from Hilarious Expedition / 2005) B2. Niki Jumpei (from Gardening / 2012) B3. TAPE (mix 3) (from Bouwwerk / 2010) B4. Shortwave (from Hilarious Expedition / 2005) B5. Radio Spelonk (from Music for viola and electronics II / 2015) with Oene van Geel B6. Vuka Vuka! intro (from Songs from Vuka Vuka! / 2005) B7. The Turtle Came Back (from Gardening / 2012) B8. Yarra (from Travelog / 2013) with Machinefabriek
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    Michel Banabila: Tapu sampler 2016 (2xCD)

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    Limited edition 2CD album in a full colour matte finish 3 panel digipak. Compilation of tracks from independent releases on Tapu since 2005.
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    Michel Banabila – More Research…

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    This is the follow-up to ‘The Latest Research From The Department Of Electrical Engineering’ (2011) . Sounds/ instruments that are used : EXS 24 sampler, found objects, fluorescent tube sounds, refrigerator sounds, plug sounds, ring thing modulator, korg monotribe and monotron, michael norris plugs, omnysphere soft. synth, pulsaret software, webSDR recordings, tape noise, kaoss pad, logic pro.
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    Banabila / Machinefabriek – Travelog

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    Matte laminated four panel digipak… When Michel Banabila and Rutger Zuydervelt (Machinefabriek) finished their first collaborative album, it felt like they were just getting started. Suprised by how fluent and natural their collaboration went, it was obvious that this wasn’t over yet… While ‘Banabila & Machinefabriek’ was quite an abstract affair, its successor ‘Travelog’ is lighter, playful and rhythmic. Some moments might recall the mighty Tape, while others showcase motoric krautrock influences and subtle hints of African rhythms. All in all, this album clearly radiates the joy of its creative process and sees Banabila and Machinefabriek on the top of their game. ‘Travelog’ comes housed in a full colour digipack, graced with photography by Michel Banabila, designed by Rutger Zuydervelt. It’s released by Tapu Records, in collaboration with Lumberton Trading Company.
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    Banabila / Machinefabriek – ST

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    One thing I noticed living as a ‘buitenlander’ (‘foreigner’) in The Netherlands was a marked tendency for artists of all stripes to collaborate with each other. Indeed, it seemed that the tradition of the lone artist wrenching out art from the depths of his isolated studio-bound soul was very much a thing of the past. Yet what was evident among the Dutch artists I encountered also seems to be increasingly true elsewhere, and not only among the arts: consider the difficulties of awarding Nobel Prizes, which are limited to a maximum of three recipients each year, in an age when most scientific discoveries are the result of collaborations between large teams of people. As the world becomes more and more complex (or perhaps, as we become more and more aware of the world’s complexities), the ability of one individual to produce a meaningful aesthetic statement or scientific innovation single-handedly is correspondingly diminished. Artists and scientists alike are learning to collaborate out of necessity. Rotterdam residents Michel Banabila and Machinefabriek are perhaps exemplary of this collaborative tendency, both as frequent collaborators with other musicians — Banabila with Scanner, Mete Erker, and noted Dutch trumpeter Eric Vloeimans, Machinefabriek with, well, almost anyone you’d care to mention — and also as contributors to film, theatre, dance, installation, and architectural projects. Their first, eponymous record together demonstrates this shared aptitude for cooperation, their respective approaches blending so seamlessly that it’s hard to tell where one ends and the other begins. It could be argued that the album is too dramatic and too flooded with ambient warmth to be a Machinefabriek record, and also too playful and fluid to be credited to Banabila alone, yet the overall impression is of the workings of a single entity rather than the juxtaposition of two different styles. Although electronic sound sources predominate, with a fair few field recordings thrown in for good measure, the ‘acoustic’ appears privileged over the ‘electro’ in that I could almost describe the air pushed by my speakers as syrupy, so full and weighty is the sound. Highs are piercing and lows throbbing, yet never irritatingly so; this is music that is strongly present, without being overbearing. The album is self-released by the artists in CD and download editions. The idea that “two heads are better than one” may not be new, but if putting it into practice is increasingly the norm, for Banabila and Machinefabriek it is an approach that has reaped rich dividends. – Fluid Radio
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