AMBIENTBLOG : Gardening Extended + 47 Voice Loops.
The original basic track for "47 Voice Loops " can be found on the free (!) download album "In Other Words " (track called "MltVz8".) In reaction to some listeners comments, Banabila decided to create longer versions of this track. The result is now available as a separate album which clearly demonstrates these listeners were right! As the title indicates, the basic ingredients for these tracks are 47 layered and looped recordings of Michel's own voice - and since each loop has a different length the result is a choral work in endless variations in which the same combination of fragments will hardly ever be repeated (a generative music principle often used by Brian Eno). Although the originating process and the philosophical fundaments may differ, those of you that paid attention at experimental music history class will probably immediately recognise "The Great Learning, Paragraph 7 " as composed and performed by Cornelius Cardew and the Scratch Orchestra in 1971 - a piece that Banabila acknowledges to be one his greatest musical influences ever. The result is "MltVz9" - a mesmerisingly calm vocal ocean, whispering messages probably only your subconscience will understand... But it does not stop there. The second version of this track repeats the process but with the loops heavily processed and mutilated, feeling like washes of instrumental noise unrelated to human vocal. Next, the album concludes with a mix of these two versions, in which the voices seemingly struggle with their unnatural counterparts. Throughout his work, Michel Banabila has always been experimenting with all aspects of the human voice. This album is his ultimate hommage to the composer and the musical score he has admired for all his life.
Peter van Cooten.