Sunday, December 15, doors open 20:00, start music 21:00, entrance €7

Ruisburo with Stratosphere, Distant Fires Burning, Misantronics and Synchyse

In the early 90’s, Stratosphere started experimenting with music. Using analog tape devices combined with synth sounds, the first songs were created. After these first steps, audio recordings were added that complemented and defined the typical stratosphere feel. Spheric soundcapes with harmonic melodies became the signature sound of stratosphere. This resulted in a few releases in the next years together with some live performances. Feeding on these experiences, more acoustic instruments (including guitar) were added which created an even more harmonic sound.
After a decade of silence, and a dramatic change in life, stratosphere picked up music again. Using his experience as a sound and recording engineer, his interest in music creation returned. This time, only guitar and bass guitar were used, in combination of a wide range of pedal effects. Simplifying his working method, resulted in an number of new tracks. Due to the changes in life, a darker side is introduced, but the typical sound remains. Soundscapes and harmonics are still the base of his music. So a new era has started for stratosphere returning to the music scene with a fresh view and renewed motivation.

The creative work of Gert De Meester from the town of Battel (A suburb of Mechelen, Belgium, at the confluence of three rivers). Gert’s musical outlet always represented a very diverse palette of musical genres. He started out as a bass-player for rock, thrash, funk and pop bands including: The Hindu Needle Trick and The Seven Laws Of Woo. Elsewhere he was creating electronic music under aliases The Mental Attack and Reverend Basstorius’ Intergalactic Funk Experience.
In 2007, Gert started to experiment more with ambient and it became clear that Distant Fires Burning was the vehicle for a very personal expression and one in which the bass guitar re-entered as the primary source. Distant Fires Burning is Gert’s expression through bass – enhanced and manipulated to create a very unique and personal sound.

“Misantronics is the experimental ambient project by musician/writer/music journalist/creative generalist Serge T. Formed in 2009, Misantronics explores the boundaries of ambient, often by blending it with other musical styles, such as trip-hop, techno, post rock, noise and even death metal. With this approach, this act has delivered some surprising pieces of music, even to himself. Besides his solo work, Misantronics has cooperated with several acts, including Stratosphere, Ashtoreth and Syrinx.
He is also a member of Synchyse and Valavond Ensemble.

A new collaboration between the musicians behind Stratosphere, Distant Fires Burning and Misantronics.