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

Hellvete – Nachtwacht

October 21, 2017

“Nachtwacht” is a collection of guitar and banjo based recordings made throughout the years. Some tracks have been unreleased so far, others appeared on compilations and tapes, whom are mostly out of print. This is meant as a collection of lullabies for the dark winter days to come… I hope they soothe you.

TRACKLIST

 

1. “Gouden Tuin”
(Previously released on “Oude Tijden”, Makarame Records, 2016 – split-tape w/ Woven Skull) 

2. “Mars Der Dwazen”
(Unreleased, 2011) 

3. “Nachtwacht”
(Previously Released on “Lunar Jams For Tom Carter“, Feathered Coyote, 2012, comp tape) 

4. “Für dude”
(Previously Released on “Guust”, 2010, 4 way-split 7” w/ Wio, Ed Nolbed, Ignatz) 

5. “Heiligenbloed”
(Unreleased, 2011) 

6. “Miles D .Blues”
(Previously released on “002“, Hare Akedod, 2012, compilation tape) 

7. “Schipdonk’s Oever”
(Previously released on “Oude Tijden“, Makarame Records, 2016 – split-tape w/ Woven Skull) 

8. “Zonsopgang”
(Unreleased, 2011) 

9. “Sur Le Pont De Saint-Denys”
(Previously released in “5 Jaar Gekerm“, Kerm, 2016, compilation 2cd) 

10. “Op Linkeroever”
(Previously released on “Hellvete/Jake Blanchard”, Tor Press, 2013, split-tape)

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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!

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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.