November 14, 2016
You can listen to “Droomharmonium”, as performed at the “Sola Gratia” event at the Jospeh Reylandtzaal in Bruges on November 11, 2016 by clicking below. Big thank you to the Alter Ego crew for organizing the evening, CHVE and Syndrome for the music, Silken Tofu for the sounds and vibes in between, Consouling Sound for handling the merch, Dehn Sora for the art and all the people who came by to sit down and listen and make this evening into a good one! This one is for the people who couldn’t attend. A tribute to silence and compassion.
November 7, 2016
After a long and good summer break and before going into hibernation I’m getting my gear together for 2 solo shows in November.
First up is the ‘Sola Gratia‘ event on Veterans day in the beautiful Joseph Reylandtzaal in Bruges. The people of Alter Ego invited me to open up this night for CVHE and Syndrome, both of Amen Ra fame. Both will be presenting new work on this evening. Den Sohra, the artist in residence of Alter Ego, will be presenting graphic work during the event. The show is sold out, but who knows, maybe somebody won’t be picking up his/her ticket. So if you’re around, drop by and maybe you can still get some part of the action.
The second show I have lined up is on November 27 at the Meewind 2.0 festival in Eeklo, capital of Meetjesland. For this home match Thomas Betsens is pulling out his Dreamachines again. So be prepared for a one hour maximized version of the Dreamharmonium! The festival will also feature The Germans, Karen Willems teaming up with Thomas Betsens to perform ‘Biond the drum: a total sensory experience’ and my pals of Engerling Ensemble, who will also play a special Dreamachine set, to name a few. You can check out the full line-up at the festival website.
Hope to see you around to celebrate the beginning of winter!
11/11/2016 – Hellvete – Joseph Reylandtzaal, Brugge (B) (w/ Syndrome, CHVE)
27/11/2016 – Hellvete (Dreamachine show) – Meewind 2.0 Festival, Eeklo (B) (w/ Engerling Ensemble, Father Murphy, The Germans, Karen Willems, Kreng, …)
June 20, 2016
This is what the label has to say about it:
“on one side, we have Hellvete – the belgian dronemaster that impressed us with an ongoing series of longform drones, mostly based on one instrument. here, the central role is reserved for the organ. should please everyone who is interested in monolithic soundsculptures. impressive, straightforward and mindcleaning.
the other side is reserved for the debut of Luster – a collective of musicians from ghent,, with cao Annelies Monseré and members of Edgar Wappenhalter, Joe Speeboat and Mote.On this ep, their track is a long version of the traditional ‘are you going to leave me’. expect a fuzzy, warm and doomy take on this classic.”
You can preview and/or order the record straight from Bandcamp.
To celebrate this release, Morc Records and Į.vorėn T.øręn joined forces to put on an evening on June 22 at “In De De Ruimte” in Ghent where Luster and myself will present this new release to the world. The great people of Pandelindio and Bird People are also invited to throw in some extra bliss! And for the occasion, “Danspassen Uit Mariakerke” will put on their dancing shoes to infuse my show with some extra movement. Siked! I’m up first, so be on time!
June 5, 2016
A couple of weeks ago the fine people of the Sterrenplaten radio program asked me to compile a mix tape for them. It was aired last Friday on Radio Scorpio but you can relisten to it by hitting the mixcloud below. Here’s the playlist. Enjoy!
* Doc Watson & Gaither Carlton – And I Am Born to Die [Back Roads to Cold Mountain (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings)]
* John A MacLellan, MBE – Lament For Colin Roy MacKenzie [Scottish Bagpipe Music (Smithsonian Folkways)]
* Glykeria Zoumba – Damn You Foreign Lands [Five Days Married and Other Laments: Song and Dance from Northern Greece, 1928-1958 ( Angry Mom Records)]
* Pauline Oliveros – The Beauty of Sorrow (excerpt) [Tara’s Room (Deep Listening)]
* Slavi Velev – Kitka Horo [Lost Treasures Of Bulgarian Music Vol 1 (JSP)]
* Phill Niblock – Hurdy Hurry [Touch Works, For Hurdy Gurdy And Voice (Touch)]
* Henry Flynt – Violin-Strobe [New American Ethnic Music Volume 3: Hillbilly Tape Music (Recorded)]
* Dock Boggs – Bright Sunny South [Bright Sunny South (Smithsonian Folkways)]
May 24, 2016
Summer is coming up, so it’s time to go outside again and celebrate all the good things in life with a bunch of music!
Second I’ll be presenting a new split 10″ together with Luster (a new six headed beast with Annelies Monseré and members of Joe Speedboat) at my favo Ghent venue “In De Ruimte“. Super happy that my good pall Bird People and the magnificent Argentina based drone maestros Pandelindio will also be present. Big thanks to Morc Tapes for making this happen and for releasing the 10″!
After that I’ll be heading to the Netherlands to play the Midzomerdrone festival where I’m happy to be sharing the bill with Broeder Dieleman and a bunch of other Dutch drone heads.The show will be held in an old meat-market in which a single sound reverberates for 8 seconds. Who needs effects…
A couple of days later Brahmen Raag will be opening for Common Eider, King Elder and Gabriel Saloman (ex-Yellow Swans) in Antwerp. And to top things off I’m super happy that KRAAK invited me to play a show in Berlin as part of a KRAAK curated evening in Ausland together with Lieven Martens Moana and Razen.
Hope to see you along the road!
09/06/2016 – Hellvete + Jurgen De Blonde + Lieven Martens Moana – IN DREAMS, KC Nona, Mechelen (B) (w/ Mauro Pawlowski, Hiele, BBLL, Milan W., …)
22/06/2015 – Hellvete – In De Ruimte, Gent (B) (w/ Luster, Bird People, Pandelindio) (presentation of the Hellvete / Luster 10″ split lp on Morc Records)
25/06/2016 – Hellvete – Vleeshal, Middelburg (NL) (Midzomerdrone w/ broeder Dieleman, …)
29/06/2016 – Brahmen Raag – Het Bos, Antwerp (B) (w/ Common Eider, King Eider; Gabriel Saloman)
02/07/2016 – Hellvete – Ausland, Berlin (D) (w/ Razen, Lieven Martens Moana)
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.”
April 22, 2016
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…”
April 16, 2016
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!
You can already pre-order the tape here!
February 14, 2016
February 5, 2016
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…