VITAL WEEKLY 1167: Entropia

Michel Banabila and Rutger Zuydervelt, also known as Machinefabriek started to work together in  2012 and so far that effort brought us five albums, 'Macrocosmios' (Vital Weekly 1052), 'Error  Log' (Vital Weekly 984), 'Travelog’ (Vital Weekly 898) and the first untitled album 'Banabila & Machinefabriek' (Vital Weekly 860).

Every time they surprise me and every new release is great. 'Entropia' is not different.

I know both musicians to be wildly experimental as well as lovingly musical and they dare to go out on a limb and do new stuff that you wouldn't expect.

Their last one was quite melodic and ambient, what some would call fourth world music; on 'Entropia' they take a new route in their music.

Everything is a bit louder, it seems, avoiding the obvious route of noise of course, but surely it is all a bit rough around the edges.

There are crackles in the fabric of music, strange transformations within a piece, a burst of noise here and an occasional sweet loop there such as in 'Nostalgia'; see, this is not the quick product of uninspired noise music, but some wild and exciting experimentation with both sound and music (if one cares to make such distinctions) and this experimentation leads to great pieces of music.

This time around a bit wilder and perhaps even 'industrial' (or even improvised such as in the title piece), but in each of these pieces one recognizes trademark Machinefabriek and Banabila qualities; Zuydervelt's crackles, loops, sound generators and Banabila playful keyboards, the odd rhythm here and there and a gentle melodic touch - I might be wrong of course and it's what both of these gentlemen bring to the table. 'Entropia' is a highly varied dish,
a seven-course meal and each is a lovely treat. Onto the next one! (Frans de Waard)

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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.