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Banabila Exclusive: Dissolve (Free Download)

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Ambientblog is very proud to present this exclusive download from Michel Banabila: a 38 minute soundscape created for Gerco de Ruijter‘s installation called Dissolve

Dissolve  is an installation by landscape photographer and filmmaker Gerco de Ruijtershowing landscape images filmed in the Alamosa Valley, Colorado, near the Great Sand Dunes. The shore of the mountain lake is shown in time-lapse images of one full day, from early morning darkness to nightfall, comprised into 4 minutes.
Using animation technique, the reverse image is added, so the mirrored landscape changes position with the real at about three-quarters of the movie. From there, the next sequence starts in mirrored mode until it is swapped into its original mode. This way, the images are shown in endless succession.
The landscape and its mirrored image are tilted 90 degrees, so ‘form and landscape are interwoven in a poetic, abstract experience‘.

Dissolve was premiered on the Holland Animation Film Festival (HAFF) in March 2017, as part of the Expanding Animation exhibition, presenting installations that combine animation, film and fine arts.

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Because the tilted landscape image is detached from its natural context the eight minute installation can induce a meditative state which is deepened by the soundscape Michel Banabila created especially for this installation. The length of the film (8 minutes) is different from that of the soundscape (38 minutes), so the soundtrack is slightly different with every iteration of the loop.

Banabila‘s Dissolve soundscape reminisces some of Brian Eno’s generative works: repeating notes that appear at irregular intervals, embedded in multi-layered drones and deep rumbling sub-bass sounds. Indeed: ‘music that is as ignorable as it is interesting.’ It’s a soundscape one can lose itself in, an atmosphere enhancer that can be put on repeat – and thus it’s a perfect companion to De Ruijter’s detached landscape stills.
One could argue that this is not a ‘characteristic’ Banabila piece: he never before, to my knowledge, released a full-album-length ambient piece like this. (Until now, his X-Rated Manggha Mix was the longest ambient track with its 18:24 minutes).

It seems Banabila feels at home in whatever style he choses: in his works for films, dance and theatre, his more ethnic oriented collaborations, his present day focus on more experimental electronics, ánd in long-form ambient soundscapes.

The Dissolve installation is not the first time that Gerco de Ruijter and Michel Banabila worked together: many of Banabila‘s album covers are graced with stills from de Ruijter‘s aerial landscape photography. Floatand the recent Sound Years  are fine examples.
They also produced various other film and installation pieces together, like Crops, Grid Corrections and Ringdijk/Dike-Ring.
(An overview can be found here on this Banabila Blogpost)

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Download Dissolve-FLAC (286MB)

Download Dissolve-MP3 (94MB)

This download contains Banabila‘s 38:30 version of Sound for Dissolve, and includes stills from the original video installation by Gerco de Ruijter. 

Please note that this download is intended for personal use only.
For non-personal and/or commercial use such as radio-broadcasts, soundtracks or any other kind of publication, please contact Michel Banabila (music) or Gerco de Ruijter (video stills) first.

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Kenneth Kirschner: Imperfect Forms

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“With electronic music, it’s hard NOT to create huge amounts of sound… and to me it’s often about taking things away” – Kenneth Kirschner

OK. Let’s try to find a way to begin here. Let’s start with Tokafi.
is a Berlin-based website, curated by Tobias Fischerpresenting album, concert and movie reviews, as well as in-depth articles, interviews and label profiles. A wealth of information, and in fact a multi-media platform itself. Tobias Fischer also curated this very special project dedicated to the music of Kenneth Kirschner, called Imperfect Forms“.

But first, it might be interesting to take a look at Kenneth Kirschner‘s own website, because it will tell a lot about how he thinks about music and its distribution. It is a very minimalistic site, one white page only, featuring 143 links to music files (and an occasional app) you can download for free (in MP3 or FLAC format!).

“I’m not telling you to copy other things. I am telling you to pirate my music – because I think it’s important.”

All tracks are untitled – just their creation date is mentioned:
“The lack of explanatory material about his music is quite intentional. Kirschner wants listeners to focus on the end result and is uninterested in seducing them with detailed notes about his compositional process, because ‘if you don’t like what you’re hearing, the methods have already failed”.
(Quotes from “Pirate This Music”, by Molly Sheridan, NewMusicBox 2013)

From this incredible wealth of electronic experimental music, the Tokafi project Kenneth Kirschner: Imperfect Forms” took shape. A project containing:

  • Three albums with a “Best of Selection” called “MM/DD/YY”.
    Part 1” 
    is compiled by Tobias Fischer, Part 2” and Part 3” are selected by Kenneth Kirschner himself. 
    (As I wrote before, all of there pieces can also be downloaded for free from Kirschner’s website, but this way the fairly priced compilations serve as a donation to the artist. In my opinion, any artists that gives away his music so open-handed deserves to be rewarded too!)
  • A 20-track, 4 hour remix compilation: Imperfect Forms – The Music of Kenneth Kirschner Remixed” – which was in fact the album that draw my attention in the first place.
    (More about this below)
  • A 180-page PDF e-bookalso offered as a free download .
    A book in the true sense: only text – there are no images or pictures to fill it. 180+ pages full of essays, interviews and analyses.
  • A compilation of videos, musical as well as documentary.
    There are music videos from the remixes by Sawako, Monty Adkins & Julio D’Escrivan, Joshue Ott (below) and Dmitry Gelfand & Evelina Domnitch.


  • and, to conclude, a software based indeteminate generative composition February 24, 2013” by Simon Cummings.
    (which unfortunately did not seem to work on my computer at the time of writing)

I guess that’ll be enough material to fill your coming Christmas holidays!!

The Imperfect Forms”  remix album features 20 tracks from different artists interpreting Kirschner’s work. The tracks are quite different in length (the total playing time of this album alone is over four hours – the shortest track being 3 minutes long, the longest 60 minutes), but also in style. There is minimalism, modern classical interpretations, abstract electronics, and long-form drone pieces by artists like Ambrose Field, Maps and Diagrams, Field Rotation, Orphax, Monty Adkins, Billy Gomberg, Shinkei, Dirk Serries, Stephen Vitiello, Steinbruchel and others.
A great and versatile introduction which invites you to further check out the works of Kenneth Kirschner.

By the way: it should be noted that the Imperfect Forms”  remix album is offered on a Name Your Price basis, which is of course in the spirit of Kenneth Kirschner’s own philopsophy.
But with a large-scale project like this, where so much content is offered for free, anyone with a warm musical heart should definitely consider a donation – to both Tokafi as well as Kenneth Kirschner himself!

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