Last Wednesday I presented the “Droomharmonium” double cd to the “world” with an all acoustic version in front of a very nice audience in my hometown of Ghent. For those of you who missed out and still want a taste of it, some friends did the effort of filming it. So thanks to them you can still zone out… in front of your computer… gazing into the light…

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” To call these four long form pieces “beautiful” would be an understatement; they are something far beyond that.” – Noise Not Music

On May 23, 2018 “Droomharmonium” saw the light of day. Conceived and first performed in 2012, I’ve been revisiting this piece numerous times throughout the years up until this day. I recorded uncountable versions and I played it live a couple of dozen times. After all those years I’m still intrigued by how this track still seems to write itself, how every version is different from the previous one, how the reeds of the harmonium can sing so beautifully together, how the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts.

“Droomharmonium” is a document of that ongoing composition. A document that shows how something can change trough time, but still hold its core. A document of the search for the unlimited possibilities of a handful of notes and their flickering overtones. Four tracks. 101 minutes in total. Two cd’s housed in a full colour spined sleeve, like a mini lp jacket, with screenprinted inner sleeves. Recorded at home in Sint-Denijs between 2013 and 2017.

Many thanks to Morc Tapes for giving me the opportunity to release this selection of “Droomharmonium” recordings in an official way. Thanks to Michael Anderson for the great mastering job and for making these pieces shine in all their details. And most important, eternal love to my wife and son for keeping up with the continuous stream of buzzing and humming I fill the house with. Without you this wouldn’t be possible.

You can listen to the album and order a copy at the Morc Records store.

This is for the dreamers…

I hope will enjoy!

GS

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A new instalment of the Droomharmonium Saga. For you to catch. To celebrate the light.

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!

Pic by Syndrome

Pic by Syndrome

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.

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…

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Lev Sergeyevich Termen – Theremin Harmonium

Thanks to Sietse Van Erve for inviting me (and posting these vids) and the whole SOTU festival crew and crowd for the nice experience!

You can now grab the latest episode of the “Droomharmonium” saga from SoundCloud.

In 2012 I made a soundtrack for hand-made Dreammachine. It was released by Taping Policies as a web only release and it went with a video by Jef Mertens. Now the soundtrack is up for grabs at the Dreamachine SoundCloud. Thanks to John Smoke! Gaze into the light!

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