AMBIENT ELECTRONICA: Travelog

Travelog has its fair share of melancholia and semi-threnodic undercurrents, especially so in tracks like Rain Painting or the portentously named Debris, but even these instances seem to function as minor cloudlets during a beautiful holiday. The art of vacationing is a divisive one, but I strongly believe that Michel Banabila and Rutger Zuydervelt grafted their contemplative observations onto the collection of tracks, for even in those cases where beats and bass-heavy blebs appear, they emit placidity and erudition rather than vicissitudes or hedonism. It is a strongly introverted work that will only appeal to a certain clientele of tourists: the lonely stroller who hopes to forget sorrows or nagging thoughts and gives in to the dreamy synth cascades… and the buzzing Stroomtoon vestiges. Sail ho, and have a pleasant flight ! 

Travelog

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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.