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Banabila, Michel

Winter Sketches Mixtape [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]

Banabila, Michel : Winter Sketches Mixtape [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD] (Tapu Records)

Extended tape mixes from Dutch experimenter and sound artist Michel Banabila, using recycled tapes and a granular sampler to create layers that include physical sounds╩and aberrant behavior of cassette tapes themselves, in two extended "Sketches" plus seven shorter works, three never previously released, particularly "Camera" featuring Olaf Keus on snare & conga.

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Label: Tapu Records
Catalog ID: C-091219TR
Squidco Product Code: 32262

Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: Netherlands
Packaging: Cassette


Michel Banabila-tapes, granular sampler

Olaf Keus-plays snare, conga

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"Michel Banabila, born 1961, is a sound artist, composer, and producer. Banabila releases music since 1983 and has produced musical scores for numerous films, documentaries, theatre plays and choreographies. He worked / performed in The Netherlands, Poland, Lebanon, UK, South Africa, Russia, Japan, Spain, China, USA and Belgium. Banabila is especially keen on mixing disciplines and music styles, using elements and influences from jazz, electronic music, classical and world music. Therefore there is no particular genre to categorize Banabila's music. In addition to acoustic instrumentation, Banabila uses electronics, field recordings, and snippets from radio, tv and internet. He collaborated with different types of artists like Anton Goudsmit, Erkan Oğur, Hanyo van Oosterom, Holger Czukay, Joshua Samson, Machinefabriek, Mete Erker, Oene van Geel, Radboud Mens, Salar Asid, Sandhya Sanjana, Scanner, Yaşar Saka , Eric Vloeimans, and Zenial, among others.

Besides making albums and musical scores, Banabila works with theatre, dance and visual art on more conceptual artistic projects. He builds a database with samples; uses the city environment as a recording studio, collects fragments of spoken texts, which he composes into soundscapes, audio/visual installations and performances. Using recordings of speech in several languages Banabila experiments with the tonality of words and the "sound system" of languages. Banabila worked on various projects with video artists Geert Mul, Olga Mink, and photographer Gerco de Ruijter. With Geert Mul he has an audiovisual set, Big Data Poetry, which they performed live in venues like The Barbican (London) during the Logan Symposium 2014, Yukunkun (Beirut) during the Global Week For Syria 2014, and TENT (Rotterdam) during Sound Spectrums 2012. With Olga Mink he performed at the LUX Festival (Sevilla), the VAD Festival (Girona) and the State Of The Image Festival (Arnhem) in 2006. For Gerco de Ruijter he did sound design for several stop-frame animations, like the critically acclaimed Crops, shown in the Hirhshorn Museum (2013 / Washington DC) and Ringdijk at Panorama Mesdag (2016 / The Hague)"

-Michel Banabila Website (

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"Olaf Keus was born in 1962 in Amsterdam. His parents, both artists, stimulated him in playing music at an early age. Aged six he started playing bongos and congas. In 1972 Olaf got his first real drum kit on his birthday. During the next ten years he followed drum lessons with Ton Rooijers who continued to be his teacher at the Amsterdam Conservatory.

During high school he started playing school dates with his own band Mango. Immediately after high school he started playing as a professional with other groups in clubs like the Citadel and venues throughout the Netherlands."

-Olaf Keus Website (

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track listing:


1. Winter Sketches Mixtape A 24:57


1. Winter Sketches Mixtape B 24:57
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

Recycled cassette tape material in preparation for live improvs at Perifeer, Deventr and Public Records, Brooklyn - November 2019. Extended tape mixes created in June 2022"-Tapu Records

"Sketches is not the best term here as each track is an elaborate work full of layers and detail. A true feast of mechanical cassette tape sounds and hums, you can almost see the wheels turn around in their casings..."-Mariëtte Groot

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