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I just got the news that the new Hellvete / Bear Bpnes, Lay Low split-tape on Oaken Palace is ready to ship! Super siked about sharing an other release with Mr. Gonzalez, who also made the artwork! He came up with one of his best tracks for this one! Only 100 copies and going fast! Get your copy here!

“100 cassettes with gold-metallic inners, housed in special folded cases made from 100% recycled card. Comes with a free download code.

Glen Steenkiste aka Hellvete and Ernesto González aka Bear Bones, Lay Low, both founding members of the legendary Psych-collective Sylvester Anfang II, come together once again to create an album that makes their individual styles shine bright without ever neglecting their shared musical roots. Hellvete contributes two swirling, dreamy, and minimalist drones that flow smoothly and comforting, inviting the listener to just dream away and become absorbed in the sustained tones. Switch sides, and you will find quite a different contribution by Bear Bones, Lay Low – an epic synth journey that takes you deep into the jungle of your own mind and will make it difficult for you to keep your legs still. Just surrender to the mystical rhythms and keep on walking ever deeper into the unknown!

As a homage to La Monte Young, Hellvete and Bear Bones, Lay Low dedicate their release to the critically endangered Radiated tortoise, which is on its way to extinction due to habitat loss, being poached for food, and being over-exploited in the pet trade. We are currently searching for an organization to receive the donations.

 

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The first tape by Brahmen Raag, titled “009”, is now officially out on the Hare Akedod label. You can preview the full tape below and there’s an option to hit the “order” button and throw this one in your basket! Hope you enjoy!!!

Psi Lab already gave the tape a deep listen and come up with these nice words:

“… improvised arpeggiations a la mid 70s TANGERINE DREAM masterpieces PHAEDRA and RUBYCON…”

“…elegant harmonic patterns kinda like TONY CONRAD WITH FAUST meets FRIPP & ENO…”

“… a kosmische / minimalism hybrid sound incorporating TERRY RILEY’s A RAINBOW IN CURVED AIR…”

Pic. by Hans van der Linden

Pic. by Hans van der Linden

On April 21, Hare Akedod will release the first tape by Brahmen Raag ( DSR Lines + Hellvete) in a edition of 70 copies. To celebrate this release we are playing two shows in our hometowns Ghent and Antwerp. Hope to see you there!

21/04/2016 – Brahmen Raag – In De Ruimte, Gent (B) (w/ Maitres Fous, Ōgon Batto)
29/04/2016- Brahmen Raag – Extra City, Antwerpen (B)

Big thanks to Hare Akedod for releasing this tape and to In De Ruimte, JJ Funhouse and Extra City for putting on these shows!

You can already pre-order the tape here!

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From the vault…

February 5, 2016

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Today, exactly 10 years ago, on 5 Feb 2006, I played my first Hellvete solo show at the legendary Freaks End Future record shop in Antwerp, opening for No Blues Steen (rip), Dan Decalut, and Gart & Seekatze. The shop, ran by music guru Carlo Steegen, was at the time the centre of the Belgian and the world wide underground scene. A truely inspiring place who’s support for local and international underground acts was beyond! All hail to Carlo for supporting my early musical endeavors by offering me a place to play live and even releasing some of the earliest Hellvete stuff on his Audiobot label! Efforts like that is what keeps it going!

The recording of the show was made by Jelle Crama on a handheld cassette recorder and later released on his own “bootleg” label PUIK, describe by himself as “a little label i started to regularly release live shows and retarded situations + local bands. packaging is done way simpler and quicker than what i do for my DRAMA label. if theres only a number on the packaging, then its a bootleg from a show i went to, first tapes contain shows of can’t, fat worm of error, mouthus, hellvete… these bootlegs mainly are totaly raw unedited tapes with sometimes annoying sounds from people at, going to or leaving the show.”  Thanks to Jelle for archiving this years back!

And now it’s here for you to grab… if you’re interested… and want to go back into the future… where you discover that not much has changed but little has stayed the same…

 

Out now on makrame records

January 15, 2016

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Siked to be able to announce that makrame records just dropped some new Hellvete sounds. I’m happy to be sharing a tape with the fabulous Woven Skull, who’s performance together with Core Of The Coleman at Tor Ist Das Festival was one of the best shows I’ve seen last year! My side is called “Oude Tijden”, which refers to the fact that the music on this tape was recorded between 2011 and 2015, so it features some more “old school” Hellvete stuff. Woven Skull’s side is called “Hail to All Moving Things” and it’s  a great mix between vintage Woven Skull jams and their own take on a gamelan set. Moving and uplifting! The artwork is done by Johannes  Schebler, who did a great job, like always!!! All hail to Aritza for making this release happen and for putting in the effort! It’s highly appreciated!!!

The tape is limited to 40 copies and you can order your copy via the makrame records bandcamp website. Also available in digital format.

Wire 2015 Rewind

January 14, 2016

Thanks to KEK-W for the very kinds words he wrote in The Wire – Rewind 2015.

rewind 2015

2016…

January 4, 2016

Into the Droomharmonium

December 9, 2015

Photo by Charles Gatewood

Photo by Charles Gatewood

‘In its original form, a dreamachine, a creation by Brion Gysin and William S. Burroughs’s “systems adviser” Ian Sommerville, is made from a cylinder with slits cut in the sides. A light bulb is suspended in the center of the cylinder and the rotation speed allows the light to come out from the holes at a constant frequency of between 8 and 13 pulses per second. This frequency range corresponds to alpha waves, electrical oscillations normally present in the human brain while relaxing.’

‘A dreamachine is “viewed” with the eyes closed: the pulsating light stimulates the optical nerve and alters the brain’s electrical oscillations. Users experience increasingly bright, complex patterns of color behind their closed eyelids. The patterns become shapes and symbols, swirling around, until the user feels surrounded by colors. It is claimed that using a dreamachine allows one to enter a hypnagogic state. This experience may sometimes be quite intense, but to escape from it, one needs only to open one’s eyes.’

Around 2011 I had my first encounter with a Dreamachine. Father Sloow, a fellow traveller in Sylvester Anfang II, had made one himself and immediatly I was intrigued by it. The fact that snippets of light could make your head spin, well… made my head spin. For me it was the inspiration to start making music that would recreate the flicker effect from the Dreamachine with sound. The Dreamachine for me was like a magnifying glass to look at things. I was fascinated by the fact that all those small, repetitive parts created an experience that was more than the sum of all parts. From this experience I started exploring overtones and the “Droomharmonium Saga” became the aural transcription of that quest. And from the beginning there was the plan of performing the “Droomharmanium” with real Dreamachines.



A couple of years back I got to know the Belgian sound artist Thomas Betsens who was making Dreamachines in his shed and we started making plans for an evening where the Dreamachine would be the center part of the evening. 

Now, the nice people of cinéPalace have given us the opportunity to play a show with the machines Thomas has built over the years and perform the “Droomharmonium” piece like it was really intended: in front of a Dreamachine, with the eyes closed, disconnected from time and space, hoovering in you’re own mind, experiencing all what is not there at first sight.

So come by, sit down and let sound and light take over. Turn on, tune in, drop out!

DREAMACHINE SHOW
Hellvete
Engerling Ensemble
Mahler Haze

December 16, 2015 – CinéPalace, Kortrijk – 20pm

 

Droomharmonium XV

November 15, 2015

The Droomharmonium Saga continues… Hope you enjoy…

Lev Sergeyevich Termen - Theremin Harmonium

Lev Sergeyevich Termen – Theremin Harmonium

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