LOOP.CL ; Banabila & Machinefabriek
Michel Banabila and Rutger Zuydervelt (aka Machinefabriek), both based in Rotterdam, joined their talents for this collaboration exchanging files and layering and processing each other's sounds. 'Ascend' is a short trip to the top of the sky whose background is a warm ambient and beautiful melody. On 'Slow Wave I' overlapping rhythms are produced by small flashes of digital noise, while on 'Falschungen' records the song of different birds. 'Dead Air' is immersed in the intricate shortwave communications that begin to float in a sea of drones. 'Frost' shows on one side a wall of digital noise and on the other, the innocent song of a seagull. 'Slow Wave II' blends countless oscillating synthetic sounds and acoustic noise. On 'Flares' birdsongs appear again and isolated voices spread in a subtle ambient. The darker song of the album is 'Bad Wiring' with its abstract digital noise and penetrating drones. Very intense and hypnotic indeed. 'Descend', as the opposite side of 'Ascend', has a melancholic line, but also a beautiful melody in the background.