Friday 18 December 2020

Robert Jarvis & Michel Banabila: 'An Agreement Of Sorts'

It was back in February 2012 that Michel contacted me to say he had sent me an mp3 "with a funny melody". "I am just wondering if you can play that. Exactly with the same tuning", he said. I had a listen and thought "You must be joking", as what I was presented with appeared to have no fixed notes nor conventional tuning, and sounded almost impossible to play. (I learnt later that the synthesized tune he had sent me was a melodic tracking - via software - of the musical pitches inherent in the voice of a man talking, recorded in Ghana by his friend Mark Dingemanse from the Radboud University). I put the strange sounding melody on repeat so that I could listen to it again and again, and by playing along continuously with it I eventually found the required notes on the trombone. After a week I could play the whole thing. And that was 2012. More recently, I found myself thinking, "Whatever happened to that tune". I had done a lot of work on it, and it seemed to have disappeared with no resulting composition appearing. So, I searched through my archives, found mine and Michel's original recordings, and played around with them until I had the beginnings of something coherent. At this point I contacted Michel, and he performed his usual magic, and eight years later we have our composition! Over the years Michel and I have occasionally swapped musical ideas, and our 'B-side' is the result of another such exchange, from a recording a year earlier. (Robert Jarvis, Faversham, December, 2020)

This single is a download only.

Robert Jarvis: trombone.
Michel Banabila: synth & sampler.
Recorded in Faversham & Rotterdam via file sharing.
Written & performed by Robert Jarvis & Michel Banabila.

Cat. nr. TR121220.
2020 ℗ Tapu Records.
UPC 195497778669.
Cover art by Michel Banabila.

Tuesday 8 December 2020

Ambient Layers

'Cassina', (Banabila & Machinefabriek) is out now, as part of 'Ambient Layers', a new compilation by 7K! Records. Other artists on the compilation include Adam Wiltzie, Herdis Stefánsdóttir, Robert Lippok, Rutger Hoedemaekers, Lisa Morgenstern, and many more

Banabila & Machinefabriek thankfully ease back on the intensity a little while also creating an entirely alien, evocative clickscape with whirring propulsion and the leavening of lonely, dispossessed acoustic instruments.

Listen to the whole album:

Ambient Layers Visual Album:

Friday 13 November 2020


Four extremely beautiful piano arrangements by Jeroen van Vliet (2020) led me to the idea of starting a small collection of different versions of some of my compositions, which became this compilation album 'Translations', also including 3 originals for reference. I am happy to know such great musicians and feel most grateful for all those amazing contributions over the years. (Michel Banabila, November 12, 2020)

Composed by Michel Banabila.

1, 2, 4, 5 recorded & arranged by Jeroen van Vliet.
3 recorded & arranged by Jasper Soffers & Michel Banabila.
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 recorded by Michel Banabila.
6 arranged by Maarten Vos & Michel Banabila.
7, 8, 9, 10 arranged by Michel Banabila.
6 & 7 mastered by Marlon Wolterink.
1, 2, 4, 5 produced by Jeroen van Vliet.
3, 6, 7,8, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 produced by Michel Banabila.

Cover photo by Gerco de Ruijter.
Typography by Rutger Zuydervelt.

A special thanks to Stephan Matthieu.

Cat. nr. P9112020TR.
2020 ℗ Tapu Records.
UPC 195497583812.

Wednesday 22 July 2020


After staying too much inside, my recording space shifted slightly to the park in front of my door

Released July 17, 2020


This single is a download only.

Cat. nr. TR18072020.

UPC 195081714141.

2020 © Tapu Records.

music written & produced / artwork by: michel banabila

Sunday 10 May 2020

Michel Banabila, Stijn Hüwels, Cok Van Vuuren: One Moment In Time

Apple Music playlist (April 2020) 'Pure Meditation'

Friday 13 March 2020

Always There (single)

Thursday 27 February 2020

Spherics III (EP)


This EP collects the last part in this series.
Part one (2001):
Part two (2003):

Cover art redesign by Rutger Zuydervelt.
Mastering by Marlon Wolterink / White Noise Studio.
Composed, performed & produced by Michel Banabila.


Secunde (track 2) is a synth version of:
There are no guitars on this album, everything has been done with keys. Instruments used: Logic EVP88 with distortion, Omnisphere, Novation V Station, EastWest SD2, Qu-Bit Nebulae.

This EP is a download only.

Cat. nr. TR2020D01.
UPC 195081074276.
2020 © + ℗ Tapu Records.