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Vital Weekly 976

http://modisti.com/15/vital-weekly-976 It seems like a few weeks ago that I reviewed 'Music For Viola And Electronics' by Michel Banabila and Oene van Geel, but it was actually some time ago; Vital Weekly 950 to be precise. In the last six months they worked on new music, again using their set-up of electronics, which is for Banabila a doepfer A-100 analog modular system, radio, logic pro and keyboards (the latter on all tracks) and Van Geel plays viola and 5 string violin. They are now receiving help from other players: Keimpe de Jong on contrabass clarinet (track), Joost Kroon on drums & metals (track 3), Radboud Mens on ableton programming (track 5), Emile Visser on cello and Eric Vloeimans on trumpet (both on track 2, 3 and 5). Both Banabila and Van Geel worked with these people before in other projects, as such is the nature of especially Banabila: always on the lookout for a new partner to further enrich his musical world. I was highly surprised by their release, and obviously the second release is not the similar surprise (it could be, of course, but it just isn't) but it further explores the nature of violin playing and electronics. Sometimes very sparsely, and I already mentioned Arvo Part the last time, and here too his influence is present, such as in 'Radio Spelonk', but there is also very hectic and chaotic moves such as in 'Chaos'. This pieces comes close to the world of free jazz, with some wild electronics too and a fine orchestral ending. In the longest piece, 'Hephaestus', that also is the opening they set the compass to all things drone like and atmospheric, along with the modular synth cracking up like rainfall and some sparse drumming, making it all a very intense piece. 'Kino Mikro' is a piece in which we find more crackles but also the cut-up from computer (Ableton?) technology, and with more intense drone like sound tapestries. The only piece that I didn't quite comprehend was 'Vleugels', which seemed minimal, but at one point sounded very prog-rock like and not in the best tradition. That was the piece with the drums, so next time, I'd say we can do without. Otherwise a top-class release of some highly exciting electronic music meeting classical instruments. (FdW)





Acousmatic RPX radio

Don Hill's ACOUSMATIC - RPX radio guests: Michel Banabila & Oene van Geel http://beta.prx.org/stories/144508

AMN Reviews: Music for viola and electronics


Gonzo Circus #124 recensie

Music for viola and electronics (Michel Banabila & Oene van Geel) Michel Banabila kennen we als de geluidsartiest die al vanaf 1983 vanuit Rotterdam zijn diverse sonische boodschappen de wereld instuurt, en Oene van Geel als de altviolist van Zapp4, The Nordanians en 0000. Dat is erg kort door de bocht want de twee doen nog wel meer dan dat, maar laten we ons even beperken tot de kern. Ze leerden elkaar in ieder geval kennen door de 'Cloud Ensemble' ep uit 2013, en 'Music For Viola And Electronics' is daar een direct uitvloeisel van. De vijf tracks zijn nu eens gebaseerd op composities van Michel Banabila, en dan weer op de geïmproviseerde altvioolgeluiden en melodieën van Oene van Geel. Banabila gebruikte voor het eerst de Doepfer A-100, een analoge modulaire synthesizer gebouwd met de stapelbare versies uit de jaren 1970 in het achterhoofd. Het resultaat van de bewerking van de geluiden mag er zijn: van begin tot eind houdt het duo de spanning vast met een mix van ambient, noise en klassiek, waarin echo’s doorklinken van folk, filmscores, free jazz en Frippertronics. (avs)

Live at the Barbican 2014 Logancij

A 7 minute excerpt by Geert Mul from our AV performance at the Barbican in London 12-6-14: http://vimeo.com/116653637

Crowds remix on bandcamp