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

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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.

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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)

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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…”

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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