Michel Banabila - Echo Transformations
A visit to this hard-working artist’s studio is always fun and worth the bike ride, as Echo Transformations proves again how Banabila is at his best creating his characteristic fourth world atmospheres infused by warped electro-acoustic manipulation. Listening to it brings associations with Martin Denny’s exotica but then tele-transported to the present day. Let’s hope though that the sounds of birds and insects, intricately woven into the soundscapes, are still more than just echoes from a modernist past. I love the artwork by the way! Made by Kezia Phillips, it’s spot-on when you consider the title of the album.
“There’s a sense that Banabila, having cut his teeth writing narrative music for other peoples’ visual worlds, has far more fun imagining his own.
The album’s striking centerpiece is levitational long-form zoner ‘The Three Stages Of Endurance’, that allows cybernetic syllables to sing out over loose environmental recordings and distant tape loops.” (Boomkat)
1. Coral Reef 04:51
2. Balafon Dub 04:42
3. The Three Stages Of Endurance 11:00
4. Echo Transformations 02:14 video
5. Zoosemiotics (Short Mix) 07:11
6. MltVz 5 03:42
7. Cassette Loops (KH042 Mix) 02:51
8. In Other Words (Web SDR Mix) 08:15