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Stop Motion (sound for videos by Gerco de Ruijter)

by Michel Banabila

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Letting Go 04:20
Crops 03:16 video


Sound for videos & video installations by Gerco de Ruijter / gercoderuijter.com


(For a 38:30 minute version of Dissolve, please visit AmbientBlog: www.ambientblog.net/blog/2017-03-29/dissolve)

BETWEEN SWEET & SALT vimeo.com/270308584
RINGDIJK VIDEO: (2016) vimeo.com/196438072
PLAYGROUND VIDEO: (2014) vimeo.com/161037991
GRID CORRECTIONS VIDEO: (2016) vimeo.com/160335390
Infinite Road track vimeo.com/32804223
LETTING GO VIDEO: (2011) vimeo.com/banabila/lettinggo
CROPS VIDEO: (2012) vimeo.com/banabila/crops
DISSOLVE INSTALLATION: (2017) forms.haff.nl/en/films/dissolve
SEINPOSTDUIN: (2018) www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOODZcJC-NI

Gerco de Ruijter on Vimeo: vimeo.com/user8137175

Not long ago, I had the honour to present the free download of the full version of Dissolve, the 38:30 soundtrack for an installation of Gerco de Ruijter. Dissolve is one of many video installations on which De Ruijter and Banabila have worked together, and Stop Motion is a (relatively short) overview of some of the soundtracks of their collaboration. The digital download is limited to the soundtracks only, of course. But on the Bandcamp page Banabila also mentions the links to the related Vimeo pages of De Ruijter‘s work – so with a bit of creativity you can make it your own DIY-multimedia. Dissolve version on this album is a 5’26” excerpt, so I suggest you also download the free full version as a bonus to this album. On this collection Michel Banabila shows his most ambient musical side, soundscapes that perfectly fit the image shifts of Gerco De Ruijter‘s landscape videos. (Peter van Cooten, December 2017)

The landscape does not stand in opposition to the abstract. The landscape is itself a form of abstraction. The landscape presents geometries and colors and textures. The landscape, as seen in Gerco de Ruijter’s kite aerial photography footage, encompasses us. We can touch the land but the landscape is beyond our touch. We are alienated from the landscape because its scale is beyond our comprehension. The lens of De Ruijter’s camera must warp the landscape, must warp reality, in order to bend it to our attempts at comprehension. Our eyes scan the landscape, requiring memory to do much of their work, the work of imagining the whole. Our memories are patchwork semblances of the patchwork landscape.

Our ears, however, take in more than what is ahead of us. Our ears survey the landscape front, back, and side, above and below. Our ears know that the seeming correlations between sound and image are cursory, especially from such a distance. Our ears know that some of the sounds that Michel Banabila has mated to De Ruijter’s images are real in the sense that they were captured in the place. Our ears know that other of Banabila’s sounds are real in that they express the musician’s sense of that place. Our ears don’t care one way or the other.

There is a music to the moving image, even when there is no sound. There are patterns and rhythms. There are movements. There is development.

And when there is sound, when De Ruijter’s eye has met Banabila’s ear, the moving image becomes something else — not a recapitulation of the landscape, but something new, something comprehensive, something to be explored, something that rewards exploration. (Marc Weidenbaum, October, 2018)


Videos represented by LIMA Amsterdam - www.li-ma.nl.
A special thanks to Peter van Cooten.

This compilation 2018 ℗ Tapu Records.
Cat. nr. StMo-17 / 023TR


released June 25, 2011

photography: gerco de ruijter
sound textures: michel banabila

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