The Moondig keeps on digging + New Magnetherian Tape release
The Moondig has been on an ongoing lunar exploration. More sonic documentation and journaling from that exploration are to be found right here:
I have also just released a new Magnetherian Tape. This is tape n°02. Check out the 5 minute preview:
I’m still busy recording music for the Magnetherian Tape project. I am aiming to have released at least 5 tapes by the end of the summer.
I came across this cool article on Reverb.com about the new popularity of DAWless recording on multi-track cassette recorders. Check it out here: Tascam, Tape Tricks & the Nostalgia for DAWless Home Recording | Price Guide Trends
There are some new Cave Inn recordings available online! Have a listen:
This week on a stage near you
More Moondig Recordings
More jams by The Moondig with me on the 6 string duties.
Some more news about my solo work: I have started uploading the Etherik albums to all major streaming platforms! Go stream those albums and share them with all of your friends and family.
Hitting a stage on the following gigs:
- 26 APRIL: The Moondig (supporting Temple Fang) / De Klinker, Aarschot
- 29 APRIL: Wheel of Smoke (supporting Red Kite) / JH Sojo, Leuven
- 25 AUGUST: Dorre / Down The Hill Festival, Rillaar
- 26 AUGUST: Etherik & Ambi-J / Down The Hill Festival, Rillaar
7 years ago I decided to make some mixes of music that I have appreciated throughout my life. These are still online on Mixcloud, so feel free to check them out:
New album by Rivercrest
First jam of the year by Rivercrest! Here, the Crest are in a minimal setting, without any horns or extra percussion. Lots of mellow, zoned out spacefaring on this one, without forgetting the occasional burst of heavy river of magma flow.
The Moondig on Morphy YouTube Channel
The album Ca by The Moondig is now on the Morphy YouTube channel. Check it out:
The Moondig on 666MrDoom YouTube Channel
The album Potassium by The Moondig has been shared on the much followed YT channel 666MrDoom. Like, share, subscribe, do all of those and then some!
Springtime is near here in Belgium, and I for one am ready to start soaking in some sunrays!
I had another chance to jam along with the Moondig. But this time there were some more digging crew members. Check it out:
Jan Vermeulen: Bass
Timo Jacobs: Drums & vocals
Tom Bessemans: Fender Rhodes & Organ
Tim Nonneman: Guitar
Erik Heyns: Guitar
Dirk Reyners: Tenor Saxophone
Intercepted on 20 february 2023
Recording & mixing: Timo
Edit & master: Tom
Cover: Tom B. & Dall-E-2
I’ve had the great joy and immense pleasure of jamming along with The Moondig, an interstellar, instant composing outfit that consists of Timo Jacobs on drums and Tom Bessemans on the keyboards (both with whom I have been playing music for quite a while now), and Jan Vermeulen on electric bass. The result is something quite explosive, and you can check it out right here:
What Bandcamp listeners have to say about it:
“One of the trippiest, most spectacular albums I’ve ever heard..I do not say that lightly..this is the Sound of Psylocibin!” (Reek Of STOOM)
“I started to listen and couldn’t stop. Simples.” (YomaBarr)
Magnetherian Tape 01
The first exlusive Magnetherian Tape is now available on my Bandcamp! You can listen to a 5 minute preview and if you like what you hear, order the tape to hear the whole thing. You will be the only one to have this music in your possesion, and may use it as you like. So if you want to sample it, use it for your videos, it’s all up to you. All I ask is that you credit me as the creator of the music.
The full package includes:
– Magenetherian Tape 01 physical (microferric)
– 1 Etherian Sticker
– 1 Intuiti and 1 Business Card
– 1 USB Stick with:
* Full Magnetherian Tape 01 (.wav/48khz/24bit)
* The Magnetherian Prototape (.wav/48khz/24bit)
* 1 surprise album from the Etherik discography (.wav/48khz/24bit)
* Selection of Etherian Photography
Packaging the very first Magnetherian Prototape
First of all, happy 2023! Bit late, but nonetheless I hope you will all have a wonderful year in good health and prosperity. Check out this video of me making the very first Magnetherian postal package for Simon in Austria. Thanks a million for the support, Simon!
Magnetherian Prototape cassettes
The first limited run of cassette tapes for the Magnetherian Prototape is now up for pre-ordering on my Bandcamp page. Check it out!
New release by Cave Inn
A whole new set of sonic exploration for everyone that likes weird sounds, tribalistic minimal percussion and smears of organic electronics.
The Magnetherian Prototape is released
Finally, the first Magnetherian tape is released! You can check it out right here:
The Magnetherian Prototape is the very first tape of the Magnetherian Project.
This will be the only tape that will stay available in digital form for everyone to listen and download.
All coming tapes after this one will be unique and exclusive to the person buying it, both digital and physical. They will be some kind of musical NFT so to speak.
This is tape number 0 if you will. A little something to fuel your curiousity about what the following tapes will be like.
Of course I must add that those might turn out to be very different indeed, or maybe very similar. But never the same.
It entirely depends on my creative impulses. That’s part of the whole idea around the Magnetherian Project.
This Prototape will have a limited run of 11 physical tapes in first batch. They will soon be available to order on the Magnetherian Bandcamp page, and will start shipping on 01/01/2023.
*Gert* chapter closed
The last gigs with protest singer Gert are now done, and the chapter closed. I might still be mixing his future releases, but will not be playing bass any more. 6 years of gigging and recording were a lot of fun, but now I can spend more time focussing on my solo work and other bands and projects. Thanks for the support and don’t forget to keep your eye on this site for updates on a.o. The Magnetherian Tape project!
Full Moon Fest by Rivercrest
Many years ago, in the beginning stages of what was to become something of a weirdly organic way of jamming, Rivercrest was a vehicle for the creative outbursts of a few hippie-metal-weirdo musicians. Those were the days of getting into our drummers van to cruise to a basement in the gritty township called Bierbeek. Close to what was, the still a bit more grungy and grindy back then, student town of Leuven in Belgium, Europe.
Along those first years were a few very special encounters, namely with the wonderful Klaus ‘Cosmic’ Hoffmann. A very groovy spaced out musician that stood at the basis of the development of the Memotron.
The other truely great encounter was with Jan Op De Beeck, the one and only saxophone/flute player that together with his lovely wife Hilde had build a wonderful organic bakery to support their family with.
One wonderful evening in the summer of 2005, we had been invited to jam at a garden party, under a full moon to celebrate the birthdays of some of the family members of our perscussionist/theremin player Jef Minten. That night, Alan Stivell was also playing in Brussels, and I remember being a bit bummed out to be missing out on that concert. But we were gathering with an awesome bunch of jammers, and I would have been more bummed out not to be playing and recording this jam with my good friends. This is one of the few recordings on which both Jan and Klaus are present. The other one being ‘Etherische Chemie’.
So I am very glad to present to you this little piece of their and my shared musical history (sounds like something a middle aged musician would say, haha).
Unfortunenalty, I can not share this release any more with neither Jan nor Klaus, as they have departed this earthly realm already. They are surely dearly missed, and not in the least by me. I consider myself lucky to have been able to meet and play with such gifted, friendly, warm and generaly just very loving and lovely people. As I am grateful today to be able to still play with all the other of my fellow musical friends and companions.
Must be the beginning of fall, to be triggering so much melancholy in my mind.
This recording stands as a small but firm testament in time and space, and makes for lovely listening session (preferably under a full moon, of course). I hope you enjoy it.
It seems this year is proving to be quite productive for the ‘Crest! Check out yet another new recording, this time featuring long time friend and occasional jam-buddy Wouter Vanhooren on the horn (trumpet that is).
New Rivercrest album + videos
Check out this new live recording of the 20 years Rivercrest celebration! Accompanying it are 2 videos of the gig, shot by our friend Roberto Gasparini.
(ONLY IN DUTCH)
Ik heb besloten dat de tijd gekomen is om een einde te breien aan mijn samenwerking met Gert. Na 6 jaar van muziek en opnames maken is de tijd rijp om mij terug meer te concentreren op mijn andere bands en solo werk. Je kan mij in het najaar nog aan het werk zien met Gert op de volgende locaties, waar we het nieuwe album ‘Alles Is Nog Niet Verloren’ zullen voorstellen:
*Donderdag 1 September 2022 (Try Out) Het Groot Ongelijk (Kessel lo)
*Zaterdag 3 September 2022 Floral Feesten (Wezemaal)
*Zondag 4 September 2022 Art en Roots in the woods festival (Aarschot)
*Vrijdag 16 September 2022 De Floeren Aap (Mechelen)
*Zondag 18 September 2022 Pallieter Café (Herselt)
*Zaterdag 8 Oktober 2022 JH SOJO (Leuven)
*Zaterdag 5 November 2022 Moby Dick (Antwerpen)
*Vrijdag 11 November 2022 Het Beleefhuis (Dilbeek)
*Zaterdag 12 November 2022 Café Molotov (Gent)
*Zondag 13 November 2022 Washboard Café (Antwerpen)
Gert new album released today
Gert releases a new album! Het nieuwe album van Gert is uit! Nouveau album de Gert est sorti! Neues Album von Gert!
Icosahedrone by Rivercrest
20 years of Rivercrest!
Throughout it’s existence, Rivercrest has taken many forms and shapes. But they have remained on a constant path towards the ultimate state of sonic bliss.
To celebrate, we have for you a new set of vibrational paintings.
Strap in, and enjoy the wild ride!
Celebrating 20 years Rivercrest
To celebrate 20 years of Rivercrest, we will be releasing some new albums on Bandcamp! Some will be dug op from the archive, and there will also be an all new recording.
The first one is called ‘Baked’
02/07/2022: 20 years Rivercrest @ Rillaar (w/ Slow Bear, The Bad Slaves)
THE MAGNETHERIAN UPDATE ONE
The TASCAM Portastudio 424 MKII
I will be recording with this almost never used cassette multitrack recorder. A truly great and classic piece of gear.
A box of 500 blank cassettes, ready to be filled with music and sounds
THE MAGNETHERIAN SERIES
I have been brewing on a new idea for a project in the past months. I will start producing cassette tapes. Each of these cassettes will be a unique, single object, and the music contained on the cassette will be found nowhere else in the world except on this cassette. I will sell these tapes, called “The Magnetherian Series” with custom made artwork and packaging. The music will be solo improvised work and collaborative jams. The music will be recorded with a Tascam multi-track tape recorder on high quality tape, and I will try to keep the process as analogue as posible. Some digital recording or instrumentation might be involved of course. I will keep you updated on the proces on this page of my website. Pictures and videos will follow.
I have obtained a box of 500 fresh, unused cassette tapes, so to fill all of those with music, will take more than a lifetime. I hope some of you reading this might find it a cool idea, and are willing to support me in this new endeavour.