De Gek Bandcamp

December 26, 2016

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To close down 2016 and step into 2017 I entered the world of Bandcamp. This will become the home for the  ongoing “Droomharmonium” and “Buiten Het Droomharmonium” stories and a place to drop unreleased music. To get things started you can download a new track, titled “GO’R 2”. If you like it and want to support, you can throw a buck in the hat. I hope you enjoy and all the best for 2017!

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On June 22, a new slab of wax by Hellvete will see the light of day. This time it is a split 10″ with Luster, released by Morc Records and pressed on high quality vinyl, on an edition of 130.

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!

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June action

May 24, 2016

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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!

I’ll be teaming up Jürgen De Blonde and Lieven Martens Moana to provide a soundtrack for the Dreamachines of Thomas Betsens at the epic IN DREAMS event curated by Phillipe Cortens.

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!

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09/06/2016 – Hellvete + Jurgen De Blonde + Lieven Martens MoanaIN 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)

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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…”

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.

2016…

January 4, 2016

Gearing up for summer

May 28, 2015

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First of all I want to thank everybody who came out and invited me to perform the last couple of months. It was a busy first half of the year and I had a real blast! Thanks for the support, the food, the drinks and the carpet.

Before I take  a small summer break, there are still two shows coming up. The first weekend of June I’ll be playing a solo set at the 4th edition of A Berry Feast in Vienna, hosted by Ulrich Roïs, who is also running the splendid Feathered Coyote Records label. The second weekend of June The Bow Aether Group (= Bow Ether Group + Simon Marius from MAAN) will make his debut at Het Zuiderpershuis in Antwerp, as part of the Oorstof 2015 concert serie hosted by the great people of Sound In Motion. Also on the bill that night is the brand new duo of Bart Sloow and Bram “Ignatz” Devens. That’s two debut shows for the price of one! So come out and get those holiday vibes running!

06/06/2015 – Hellvete, A Berry Feast, St-Pölten, (AT) (w/ Eric Arn, Torùn, …)
13/06/2015 – Bow Aether Group – Oorstof, Zuiderpershuis, A’pen (B) (w/ Louise Landes Levi, Panashiba, Hans Plomp, Gino Coomans+Gerard Herman+Kris Vanderstraeten)

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I’m very happy to announce the release of the debut album by Bow Ether Group, my new band with Brecht Ameel from Razen. The tape is called “Weltmeister Pakrashi I” and is out on Feathered Coyote Records. Eternal thanks to Ulrich Rois for making this happen! If you’re into deep, organic drones played on harmonium and accordeon you can  preview and order the tape (chrome, dubbed in real time and download) by clicking below. Hope you dig it!

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Solar Devotion

November 5, 2014

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For this compilation we asked each artist to contemplate on the Sun, our closest star, greatest deity and life-giver. No matter how human civilization was changing, the Sun has always been and remains a major focus of attention, even if we don’t realize it. This compilation is an anthem to sunlight in all its forms, it’s meditation and a ritual at the same time. Gratitude for our existence in this world.

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released 04 November 2014
Artwork by Tim Six.
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Together with my good friend Dachligt I made a brand new track called “Ligt De Dach” for the “Solar Devotion” compilation that just came out on the Russian ΠΑΝΘΕΟΝ label.

You can listen to the track on by clicking below or you can go the BandCamp page and get the CD-R for only $6. It also features brand new tracks by Bird People and Guenter Schlienz among others.