CANHDONGAMNHAC: Music for Viola and Electronics I & II
Music for viola and electronics I :
Michel Banabila is a composer, sound artist and producer who has produced musical scores for numerous films, documentaries, theatre plays and choreographies. Oene van Geel is a composer and violist who has been collaborating with a number of ensembles/soloists. Both artists share an interest in mixing disciplines and music styles. Their collaboration – “Music for viola and electronic” shows a variety of styles and techniques. “Music for viola and electronic” is elegant and adventurous at the same time. One analog, one digital, this lovely duet forms a narrative and electroacoustic/free improvisation approach throughout the album. The viola provides a wide range of sounds thanks to both traditional and extended techniques. There are many beautiful melodic phrases along with atonal textures. All of them merge with processed viola recordings to create an atmospheric effect. The Doepfer A-100 analog modular system explores abstract, dark territories and at the same time provides a carefully – crafted background for the viola.
Music for viola and electronics II :
After their collaboration on ‘'Music for viola and electronics'’, (2014) Michel Banabila and Oene van Geel decided to continue their journey with “Music for viola and electronics II” (2015). They continue their immersive, expansive direction and also focus on a cinematic, minimalist approach. The electronics still provide a dramatic approach while the viola arrangement is close to modern classical and drone music. I can also hear some very interesting influence from industrial/jazz from this album. The combination between viola and electronics has always caught my interest. I appreciate the beauty and creativity of these two albums, as well as the effort of Michel Banabila and Oene van Geel. I look forward to hearing more about their collaboration in the future.