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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.

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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.

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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 EnsembleFather Murphy, The Germans, Karen Willems, Kreng, …)

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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)

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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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 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.