VITAL WEEKLY 837 : The Latest Research From The Dept. Of Electrical Engineering

The music from Michel Banabila I know for years, and I even met him a couple of times, although he doesn’t seem to remember. For years I left his releases with Dolf Mulder, thinking it still all be about world music fusing with elements of jazz and bits of electronics. But recently, very recently, I bumped into Michel again and he gave me this release, and pushed strongly his message: “you listen to it, as you will see I am also doing other music than world/jazz/ethnic/fusion etc” (alright, I have no idea which word he used there). Which of course I do, as I always do what people tell me, providing I bump into them. So, yes, indeed, this is indeed something else. I see, I hear. Like much of his other work, this too deals with rhythm, but its all more straight forward, almost like a (minimal) techno record in the best tradition of say Raster Noton (such as in ‘Machinery Aesthetics’ or in the usage of electrical interference sampled into a rhythm in ‘Guerilla Tactics’), but also with more bigger beats in ‘A Cold Wind Over Europe’, or, opposite ways, more ambient in ‘More Signals From Krakrot’, however ending with a strong, linear stomp and lots of guitars and reverb. Very electronic as well as electric, this is at times Pan Sonic/Goem/Alva Noto like and when the beats take more space, its not so much my cup of tea, but Banabila is right: not all of his works deal with all that I already mentioned, but he has more on his plate indeed. That makes me curious about more of this indeed.



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 ambient, and punk-as-fuck tape music. In addition to acoustic instrumentation, Banabila uses electronics, field recordings, and snippets from radio, tv and internet.

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