AUDION MAGAZINE #9 - page 28 (1988):
Banabila's ambient and minimal music is played largely on synth and electric guitar. He tends to favour the use of harmonics on the guitar, providing the music with gentle bell-like sonorities. The first few pieces are restrained, almost distant, quite like music from Eno's "On Land". Very pleasant, but after a while, approaching anonymity. Then, the final track on side 1 introduces new, brighter, metallic, gamelan influenced timbres, greater rhythmic definition, and a raised energy level. The second side continues with a more eclectic approach. "Workers" is an example of the ambient/industrial sound, foreboding, yet beautiful, bringing the work of J. Greinke to mind, while "A Sharp Silver Line" is reminiscent of the more activated pieces from K. Leimer's excellent "Imposed Order" with nice guitar work added. "The Monkey Gets Confused" is an odd ditty with a synthesized motif which sounds like a Third World double reed, coupled with delay techniques and a background of wispy and otherwise appropriate sounds. Banabila shows invention and great promise (Dean Suzuki)
released December 1, 1987
TRACK 2 (OCTOBER), TRACK 6 (THE CALL), TRACK 9 (THE WORKERS), AND TRACK 12 (A SHARP SILVER LINE), ARE AVAILABLE ON VINYL LP AND CD, VIA BUREAU B / TAPETE RECORDS , FULLY REMASTERED : 'EARLY WORKS - THINGS POPPING UP FROM THE PAST' www.bureau-b.com www.tapeterecords.de
All tracks composed by Michel Banabila.
1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 14 © Tapu Records publishing.
2, 6, 9, 12 © Tapete Songs publishing.
Bass – Pien Selliger (track: 14)
Design [Inlaycard design] – Jurgen Brouwer
Engineer – Jurgen Brouwer (tracks: 1- 9, 11-14), Peter Hoeks (tracks: 10)
Flute – Jacobus Derwort (track: 13)
Ovation guitar – Piet Legerstee (track: 2)
Mastered by [digital mastering At The Mix-lab] – Jurgen Brouwer
Percussion – Michel Banabila (tracks: 11 + 14)
Photography – Matthieu Benistant
Producer – Banabila, Brouwer.
Sampler [S10-sampler] – Michel Banabila
Sounds [soundprogressing] – Gerard van Wolferen (track: 8), Kees Went (track: 8)
Synthesizer [synthesizerprogramming] – Willem Cramer (tracks: 5 ,8, 13)
Voice – Michel Banabila (track: 1)
Woodwind [sipsi] – Michel Banabila (track: 10)