The Squid's Ear Magazine

  Rapid SSL





  American Express

© 2002-2016, Squidco LLC

Michel Banabila's excellent melodically experimental electroacoustic label Tapu in their 2016 double CD sampler, with tracks from Banabila, Asid & Banabila, Banabila & Van Geel, Banabila & Machinefabriek, Banabila & Erker, and Banabila/Erker/Samson.

Banabila, Michel
Tapu Sampler 2016

Banabila, Michel: Tapu Sampler 2016 (Tapu Record)

Label: Tapu Record    
Released in: Netherlands    

"Science fiction writer and visionary Philip K. Dick once stated that the ultimate in paranoia would be that things are turning in on you. Not my boss, but my boss's phone is plotting against me. Dick died in 1982, the same year that Blade Runner came out, the movie based on his novel 'Do Androids Dreams of Electric Sheep?' that would eventually turn him into a cult hero. But that's beside the point. What matters is that Philip K. Dick made his statement long before every new phone update sends us to a state of frenzy.

Michel Banabila, not born yesterday, must have intuitively understood Dick's notion a long long time ago. In a sense he's a classical electronic composer, if there is such a thing, who has a knack for the most sweeping melodies and can branch out in any style that might fit his ideas. A versatile musician, no doubt, but at the core of his art lies a slight distrust of things as they are, a certain doubt that gives his music no uncertain edge. It's that edge that makes Banabila's music not just good, but extraordinary.

Tapu Records is Banabila's very own label, taking its name from his cat, and also indicating a Polynesian traditional concept denoting something holy or sacred. The Tapu Sampler 2016 you hold in your hands collects mostly his recent tracks, some conceived with others, some solo. The sheer range of music alone is impressive. The introvert and intense mixture of viola (played by Oene van Geel) and sinus tones that make up 'Sinus en Snaar' sits uneasily next to the occasionally frantic 'Jump Cuts', recorded with drummer Joost Kroon, and the breezy 'Narita', performed with Machinefabriek (Rutger Zuydervelt). However, all of them have something essential in common: they conjure up strong images. This is music you can almost see.

A recurring element in the music of Michel Banabila is still the voice, no surprise for long time admirers who remember the infamous VoizNoiz series. It's in the YouTube-samples that give 'Take Me There' its eerie feeling, in 'In Other Words' where he uses fragments of text to create a new language, in 'E.T.', in which Banabila treated his own voice into some otherworldly sound, a piece that featured recently in a mix by renowned French DJ Rone, next to tracks by Autechre and Caribou. In his urge to always seek new ways Michel Banabila's music seems constantly out of place when it is just as much of the times, whereof this collection is living proof."-David Kleijwegt, November 2015

Tracks from:

Jump Cuts (Michel Banabila)

Amal (Asid & Banabila)

Music for viola and electronics (Banabila & Van Geel)

Travelog (Banabila & Machinefabriek)

Big Data Poetry (Michel Banabila)

Viewpoint (Banabila, Erker, Samson)

Route Planner (Banabila & Erker)

In Other Words (Michel Banabila)

Music for viola and electronics II (Banabila & Van Geel)

Banabila & Machinefabriek (Banabila & Machinefabriek)

Traces (Michel Banabila)

Hilarious Expedition (Michel Banabila)

The Latest Research From The Dept. Of Electrical Engineering (Michel Banabila)

Gorlice 2014 live (Michel Banabila)

Related Categories of Interest:

Various Artists & Compilations
Electronic Forms
Electro-Acoustic Improv
Improvised Music
New in Experimental & Electronic Music
Recent Releases and Best Sellers

Search for other titles on the Tapu Record label.

Other Recommended Releases:
Banabila & Machinefabriek
(Tapu Record)
Davis, Gareth / Machinefabriek
Shroud Lines
(White Paddy Mountain)
Machinefabriek (w/ Anne Bakker / Edita Karkoschka)
(Self Released)
Romannis Motte
Time Sequences [CASSETTE]
(Anthems Of The Undesirable)
Welch, Neil / Rutger Zuydervelt
Rydberg (Werner Dafeldecker / Nicolas Bussmann)
The West Lighthouse Is Not So Far
Banabila, Michel
Precious Images - Data Files 1999-2008 [2 CDs]
(Steamin' Soundworks)
Banabila, Michel
(Tapu Record)
Banabila, Michel / Oene Van Geel
Music For Viola And Electronics II
(Tapu Record)
Romannis Motte
Another Journey
(Mystery School Records)
Banabila & Machinefabriek
Banabila & Machinefabriek
(No Label)
(Cold Spring Records)
Music For Studies

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought:
Sharrock, Linda The Network
They Begin To Speak [2 CDs]
(Improvising Beings)
Fiuczynski, David
Flam! Blam! Pan-Asian Microjam! [VINYL]
(Rarenoise Records)
Blonk, Jaap
Traces of Speech
Blonk, Jaap
August Ananke - Eight Meditations on Just Intonations
Laubrock, Ingrid
(Firehouse 12 Records)
Frith, Fred / Darren Johnston
Everybody's Somebody's Nobody
(Clean Feed)
Bennani / Silva / Greene / Henderson
Free Form Improvisation Ensemble 2013
(Improvising Beings)
Dijkstra, Jorrit
Never Odd Or Even
(Driff Records)
Mrozowicka, Tekla / Marcin Cichy
Price: $12.95
In Stock


Shipping Weight: 4.00 units

Quantity in Basket: None

Product Information:

UPC: 75390986785

Label: Tapu Record
Catalog ID: 0001TR16
Squidco Product Code: 21503

Format: 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: Netherlands
Packaging: Digipack - 3 panel

Michel Banabila

Salar Asid-violin

Mete Erker-clarinet

Oene van Geel-viola

Anton Goudsmit-guitar

Joost Kroon-drums

Rutger Zuydervelt-electronics

Ernst Reyseger-cello

Joshua Samson-percussion

Hannes Vennik-electronics

Eric Vloeimans-trumpet

Highlight an artist name or instrument above
and click here to Search

Track Listing:


1. Take Me There 05:11

2. Amal 08:13

3. Jump Cuts 09:13

4. Sinus en Snaar 11:44

5. Narita 06:20

6. Crowds (Big Data Poetry Mix) 06:34

7. Unfinished Business 05:40

8. Deep In The Forest 08:08

9. IOW web SDR mix 08:09


1. Hephaestus 12:49

2. Flares 02:32

3. E.T. 02:23

4. Ramgana 07:22

5. I Won't Play Your Game 03:55

6. Gorlice 2014 41:00