2013, Tapu Records TRBOP 15
CD, limited edition (numbered version of #100), digipak
CD and digipack in MINT condition (NEW, Unused)
This extended CD version contains the original album as well as 6 extra tracks with remixes by Lukas Simonis, Machinefabriek, Naoyuki Sasanami, Peter van Cooten, Radboud Mens, & Zenial.
1. The Turtle Came Back 04:22
2. Niki Jumpei 04:00
3. Changing Weather 04:51
4. Playground 03:41
5. Out Of Place 02:49
6. Chance the Gardener 04:27
7. Inside - Outside 05:01
8. Signals To Earth 02:30
9. Tuinier met Plezier - Machinefabriek 03:40
10. Sand Woman Mix - Radboud Mense 05:10
11. Trigger Mix - Peter van Cooten 04:58
12. Sasanamix - Naoyuki Sasanami 03:34
13. Seeds - Michel Banabila 03:16
14. Bij de Labadisten - Lukas Simonis 04:12
15. Collage of DarkMoon - Zenial 02:50
Field recordings, turtle flute, shakers, rainstick, balafon, garden tools, wood, grass, water, found objects, cymbal, electronics, pianostring, Szymon Kaliski's microtones app, Michael Norris plugins, Micropony by Skriða., Korg Monotribe, and Logic pro.
Recorders : Olympus LS 10 & Tascam DR05.
Ambientblog.net review (of the origininal release):
"Just when you thought you might have a good overall impression of his work, Banabila manages to present a completely different direction with his latest release: "Gardening". His musical output covers a wide range of genres, from dark electronica (like his recent "SumDark12" release, or "The Latest Research From The Dept. Of Electrical Engineering"), via world music crossover (like "Migrations"), to cinematic ambient- jazz (like "Route Planner" & "Fields of Flowers") - and that's not even mentioning his impressive scores for theatre and dance productions (some of it collected on the massive "Hilarious Expedition" set) . The start of the inspiration for "Gardening" came from an invitation to perform an improvisation session using sounds from the 1964 movie "The Woman in the Dunes" ("Sunna No Onna") at Worm, Rotterdam (before screening the film), and from listening to the Disquiet Junto group on soundcloud.
Creating this album was an exercise in restraint, going back to basics, using only natural sounds - the sound of a room, the environmental acoustics of everyday life... sounds that were natural by origin, familiar maybe, though not heard every day any more. The result is a natural contrast to widespread electronic production and digital delay effects. Though most of the basic material comes from "found sounds", this is not a pure "environmental field recording" album, since the samples are heavily arranged, creating rhythmic patterns, and electronic background effects are added to the sound palette. But the electronic additions are sparse, in a way back-to-basics too.
With "Gardening", Michel Banabila stepped out of his comfort zone, investigating new territories of sounds and silence.
If you thought you knew Banabila's music - think again ! "