AVANT MUSIC : Banabila & Machinefabriek

This self-titled self-release has an immediacy that reflects its creation in a very short time, with a flurry of file-swapping in October of last year. Its a shame they havent given it a title, because the nine-track, forty-minute suite, from the wheezy harmonium of Ascend to the elegant denouement of Descend, definitely tells a story of some kind, with a pleasing narrative curve and some dramatic hairpin turns. Slow Wave I is foamy with plucked guitar and computer glitches that lap lazily at a pebbled beach. Dead Air is long, drawn out and troubling and Frost captures a blizzard inside a snow globe. Slow Wave II initiates a second half which makes you woozy with gongs, singing bowls and singing birds briefly discernable through an ambient fog that, hit by a sudden chill turns into spiky, sparky precipitation. Somehow, we end up dry and cozy inside an electronic church at the end.

Stephen Fruitman. 

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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.