DAVIDREVIEWS.COM : Crowds video - Geert Mul & Michel Banabila

We don't know anything much about this intriguing piece except that it needs to be viewed large and loud. The music is by Rotterdam-based musician Michel Banabila, while the mesmerising images are by artist and VJ Geert Mul. As the intensity of the crowd sounds and instruments increase, so the images increase in abstraction:  together they nail the essence of mob mentality, the fury and the ecstasy; the visceral thrill of being part of something bigger than yourself. When the track ends and you hear clapping and cheering it's a shock: this was recorded with an audience present, and we admit to a twinge of envy. Being among a crowd watching this crowd must have made the whole experience something very powerful indeed.

Alice May
January 15, 2014

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Photo : Frans van Viegen

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.