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

Brahmen Raag

October 25, 2015

This Tuesday I will be teaming up with Mr. Edren (DSR-Lines) for the debut show of the harmonium-synth duo Brahmen Raag. We are opening for Bitchin Bajas at Gouvernement in Ghent. DJ Michel Gentil is spinning magic vynil before and after. Come by to get rid of that mid-week blues…

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Super happy with the invitation by Smeraldina-Rima to open for Yann Gourdon, hurdy gurdy dronemaster par excellence, on October 13 at Art Cinema OffOff in Ghent! VCR visuals will be provided by Dieter Durinck! Come by, sit down and drone out!

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Marius & Steenkiste - Luik & Ochtend - tape cover 2

Marius & Steenkiste are playing Incubate Festival 2015 in Tilburg on friday Sept 18 alongside Camargue, Afghan Gold and Köhn. The evening is curated by Kraak. More info can be found on the Kraak website.

For this occasion Marius & Steenkiste are dropping the track “Luik & Ochtend” that was recorded in 2013 at Sint-Denijs HQ. You can stream the track below.

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Super siked to be playing just before Richard Dawson at Tor ist Das! Festival 2015 that is being held at the Unitarian Church of Todmorden on August 15 & 16. The line-up looks super awesome and is full of great people like Bird People, Daniel Voight, Woven Skull feat. Core Of The Coleman, Raising Holy Sparks,Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura, Chicaloyoh and a bunch of other stuff I still need to check out. More details and info on thall the acts below.

Come over and hang out! It will be a blast!

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Tor ist Das! Festival is a collaboration between two sets of promoters in the Calder Valley, Tor Bookings and Was ist Das?

We have organised three days of live music this year taking place on the 14 – 16th August at Todmorden Unitarian Church and Golden Lion Todmorden

Lineup order may change slightly but we’ll stick to this as closely as we can.


FRIDAY,
 14th August – Golden Lion pub, 7pm – party o’clock

Return of the Tor Festival pub quiz!!

THE BONGOLEEROS (UK)

THE FAMILY ELAN (UK)

NO WAVE DJ PARTY PROVIDED BY ROUGH FIELDS (UK)


SATURDAY,
 15th August- Todmorden Unitarian Church.

Doors at 12 (food available) first band on at 1pm sharp. Every band starts on the hour from then on in. All over by 10pm.

1pm – DESMADRADOS SOLDADOS DE VENTURA (UK)

2pm – ISNAJ DUI (UK)

3pm – DANIEL VOIGT (Germany)

4pm – GUTTERSNIPES (UK)

5pm – AMBROSIA(@) (UK)

6pm – BIRD PEOPLE (AT/HU/US)

7pm – KEMPER NORTON (UK)

8pm – CHICALOYOH (France)

9pm – ANDREW LILES, MANIAC and CARL STOKES (UK and Norway)

Followed by after-party at Golden Lion Pub.


SUNDAY,
 16th August -Todmorden Unitarian Church.

Doors at 12 (food available) first band on at 1pm sharp. Every band starts on the hour from then on in. All over by 10pm.

Special guest day DJ – Justin Watson from Front and Follow

1PM – RAISING HOLY SPARKS (Ireland)

2pm – TERRINE (FRANCE)

3pm – SAM MCLOUGHLIN (UK)

4pm – GIRL SWEAT (UK)

5pm – WOVEN SKULL WITH CORE OF THE COALMAN (Ireland / USA)

6pm – FLAMINGO CREATURES (Germany)

7pm – LAURA CANNELL (UK)

8pm – HELLVETE (Belgium)

9pm – RICHARD DAWSON (UK)

Followed by after-party at Golden Lion Pub

Tickets will be £20 for the weekend or £12 per day.

Go to our website to buy them – http://wasistdas.co.uk/toristdas/tickets

ANDREW LILES AND MANIAC  AND CARL STOKES (UK and Norway)

We’re very proud to be bringing Andrew Liles and Maniac to the festival. Andrew Liles already had a long and distinguished CV in the field of experimental electronic music before he joined Nurse With Wound and Current 93. Maniac, meanwhile, was the singer in Norwegian black metal legends Mayhem. They have previously worked together on two albums, one under the name Sehnsucht and Maniac also leant his vocals to Liles’ metal album. They will be joined by seminal UK thrash metal drummer Carl Stokes of the one and only Cancer.

This is an exclusive event for Tor ist Das! Festival.

LAURA CANNELL (UK)

Laura Cannell plays fiddle, overbowed fiddle, double recorders, sometimes percussion and other rarefied wind instruments. Drawing on ancient transcendental and earthly musics, her sense of space, dynamics and working with acoustics is highly attuned, often utilising a fragment from a medieval theme to her own end, embracing the apparitional, historical or the otherworldly.

RICHARD DAWSON

The man of the moment, winning acclaim from everyone from Pitchfork to The Guardian to Rolling Stone. He’s a tough one to describe, other than as a man who reinvents the art of singing a story and approaches his guitar in a similarly new way. If you have only heard the records then you only know half the story because a large part of his burgeoning cult following is the powerful presence of his stage shows.

HELLVETE

Hellvete is the solo project of Glen Steenkiste from Belgian cosmonauts Sylvester Anfang II. He explores deep, ornate dronespaces and has released for labels like Blackest Rainbow, Sloow Tapes, Eiderdown and (K-RAA-K)³. The architecture of the Church will serve as the perfect acoustics for a set like this. Prepare yourself to see through the roof.

BIRD PEOPLE (Austria)

An amorphous musical entity, trying to approximate the sound of a hummingbird’s wing beat in outer space.  Bird People first caught our ears with the excellent “A Pulse In The Void/Sky Huntress” album that mixed banjos, sitars, drones and ballads to blissfully lovely effect. After many UK solo shows, we finally get a band version over here.

WOVEN SKULL & CORE OF THE COALMAN

we are very excited to be hosting a collaboration between ecstatic Irish heavy drone improv trio Woven Skull and New York composer and string scraper Core Of The Coalman. This fantastic four previously collaborated on a blazing album on Feathered Coyote Records.

LUTINE (UK)

Formed last year in Brighton, Lutine (Heather Minor and Emma Morton) are already establishing themselves are a mesmerising live act, combining haunting vocal harmonies with minimal, delicate instrumentation on a mixture of original songs and traditional folk songs.

DESMADRADOS SOLDADOS DE VENTURA (UK)

“Of course, guitars have long been middle-brow targets for commentators as somehow signifying everything that was cock-bound and self-aggrandising and technically impudent about rock music. But when it’s played like this, with a blurring of technique that allows a bunch of northern punks access to the combined freak potential of more than a half century of electric six-string excess, it’s a reminder of the electric guitar’s uncanny ability to respond not just to where it’s been, but to where it’s at.” The Wire: Adventures In Modern Music

CHICALOYAH (France)

French artist Alice Dourlen makes music that is strange, dark and beautiful. Like an acid-fried soundtrack to a Jean Rollin film or a mystic Patty Smith working with John Carpenter. If ever there was an artist you needed to hear in a big gothic church after dark then it is Chicoloyoh.

ISNAJ DUI (UK)

Standing awkwardly between neo-impressionism and electronica, Isnaj Dui (real name Katie English) conveys a minimal yet capturing sound using electronically manipulated flutes and homemade instruments. Cited as a distinct voice, taking the flute away from its pastoral image whilst maintaining its unique mellow sound, English has released several critically acclaimed albums 2009’s Unstable Equilibrium (Home Normal) and her most recent work Euplexia (Rural Colours).

DANIEL VOIGT (Germany)

How about some tape experiments, drone soundscapes and field recordings from Daniel Voigt? You might know him better by his recording name Hering und seine sieben Sachen or for his label Sic Sic which has managed a mighty output since 2009 of quality releases.

GIRL SWEAT (UK)

How about the mind-pummelling sonic assault of Girl Sweat? A one man onslaught somewhere between The Cramps, Cabaret Voltaire, early Swans and John Spencer Blues Explosion. BANG!

KEMPER NORTON

Kemper Norton’s sound is produced through employment of acoustic instrumentation and vocals but don’t be fooled, Kemper is not just about the folk music. With dance rhythms he’ll transform pastoral scenes into electronic dreams.

FLAMINGO CREATURES (Germany)

Flamingo Creatures. They are  Ruth and Ronnie from German spacerock collective Datashock. Their extraordinary music takes improvised sound and imbues it with the spirit of joyful anarchy. They have released for all the finest underground labels like Cosmic Winnetou, SicSic, Feathered Coyote and Digitalis Limited, not to mention collaborated with Limpe Fuchs of revolutionary krautrock act Anima-Sound. Can’t wait to see what they do with the space at Todmorden Unitarian Church. 

AMBROSIA(@) (UK)

Ambrosia(@) blend beats, noise, field recordings and experimental sounds. They’ve shared stages with High Wolf, Maria Minerva, Female Band, Blue Daisy and many others. James of Rough Fields fame is one half of the group too. Expect a brutal but rapturous explosion of sound rumbling the pews.

SAM MCLOUGHLIN (UK)

Sam McLoughlin has a discography covering nearly ten years ranging from releases for Twisted Nerve as Samandtheplants, as N.Racker for Pre-Cert Home Entertainment and under his own name for Disposable Music and Folklore Tapes. With his propensity for inventing and building new instruments, a live set from Sam McLoughlin can be very hard to predict but his ear for melody and gift for moods always comes to the fore.

TERRINE

Terrine is the new solo project of Claire Gapenne from French noise band Headwar. She channels the worlds of New York no wave with early 80s noise and experimental music.

THE BONGOLEEROS (UK)

We’re going to open the portal between Todmorden and Burselm and summon The Bongoleeros, Stoke on Trent’s greatest experimental, rockabilly, weirdo marching band. We’re giving them full range of the venue and license to get fully involved with audience. This band is not for the faint hearted.

THE FAMILY ELAN (UK)

The Family Elan active since 2007, is the musical project of the Greek bouzouki and Turkish baglama-saz player Chris Hladowski. The scope of the Family Elan’s output is broad, ranging from self penned reflective meditations which rotate on a devotional harmonic axis, to irreverent interpretations of Bollywood hits, to Turkic folk forms filtered through a psychedelic rock axis.

& MANY MORE!

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