LEGENDS MAGAZINE : Spherics

As always, Banabila moves emotions like the moon pulls the sea - creating ebbs and flows in our thoughts and moods wherever and whenever he pleases. Spherics can be all-encompassing. Or it can be a background to chill out to. It's up to the listener. In his past VoizNoiz project, co-titled 'Urban Soundscapes', Michel Banabila shows us how well he can combine noises of reality to create backgrounds of music. In Spherics he does the opposite - creating a sheer look into unreality and what it must sound like. All of the sounds have components in the real world - that might be a breath of wind you hear - but are infused with a metallic sourness that keeps it from being our world. The CD is only seven tracks in length - half of a full length by today's standards. But it ranges from the shortest track, Science Freak, at just over six and a quarter to the nearly twelve minute Primitive Lab. One of the longer tracks is Suma 3. Suma 3 - White Mix somehow flows through you. It hovers just on the very edge of noise wash without plunging over, keeping the listener intensely aware of the music while remaining subconscious. At over 11 minutes, it could have been trimmed - but even so it has a wonderful culmination of voices, floating synths, subtle bass and rhythm. Science Freak is a great name for Track 4. It has a disturbing nature about it, partly grinding on your nerves, partly evoking your fears. It grows to huge proportions. There is also the continuing Suma 4 - Blue Mix. While the first part of this duo had an intense background, Blue Mix is smooth and introspective. Tribal rhythms are woven deep into the bulk of the track, washed over by a constant blue current of soundwaves. Following Science Freak, it's a very comfortable return to a nicer, less disturbing place. I've done a few things with Spherics. I've written and worked with it as background. I've plugged headphones in and closed my eyes to it. This is a versatile CD. I think this is the best of his work I've heard thus far.

Marcus Pan  

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Music composer & sound artist. Michel Banabila releases music since 1983 and has produced musical scores for numerous films, documentaries, video art, theatre plays & choreographies. His music varies from minimal loop-based electronica, 4th world and neoclassical pieces, to drones, experimental electronica and tribal ambient. In addition to acoustic instrumentation, Banabila uses electronics, field recordings, and snippets from radio, tv and internet.

Bureau B, Séance Centre, Pork Recordings, Tone Casualties, Challenge Records, Steamin' Soundworks, Tapu Records.