Identifile: Ionic Vision

profile

author
Sven Lauwers
date
01.2003
style
Old school Electronic Body Music
founded
1992
members

Current members are Sven Lauwers & Andy De Decker
Ex member : Kurt Rotthier

short bio

It's the end of an era when three guys, enjoying electronic tunes like Depeche Mode, Erasure and Nitzer Ebb, went their own way after spending quite some time on the same schoolbenches.

At a sudden moment they summoned again and at that point they didn't realise themselves they created the bases for this group. Sven Lauwers, being the only one busy with pure electronic music since 1986, bought himself a drummachine. Soon enough there was a follow up by the other members, Andy De Decker and Kurt Rotthier. At the end of 1992 they had some arrangements and ideas ready to be recorded. They recorded one of these tracks (‘ashes and dust’ it was actually the first track ever recorded, but this version is gone lost ) on the day they would go to a party. At this "Black Celebration" they asked the DJ to play the demo-track and amongst tunes from DAF, Nitzer Ebb, Pouppee Fabrikk, the crowd seemed to enjoy this fresh Belgian product, without knowing who this band was. Few months later when they borrowed a synthesizer from a fellow electro-friend they started recording their first demo . Einen Tanz Traumen, a compilation of aggressive and bashing EBM, following the Nitzer Ebb line was born. Belgium never had any hard and pure EBM like this. This made them decide to send this demo to several local music magazines to see the reactions. So they got in touch with Side-line music magazine, in those days a rising magazine. Together with Side-line, Ionic Vision would become bigger and more known year after year.

Their second assault on the electronic scene was the concept of a 12" tape, Total Madness. Not wanting to release normal full length tapes they created single and maxi versions of the songs available on that tape. The first in a series of signs these Belgian EBM boys didn't want to act too common. Mass Madness, being a track inspired by the addiction of television, was the main track, but one of the most appreciated tracks (and some still dig this one as being their best ever) was Treblinka : a weird composition spreading the horror and doom of the Nazi cruelties over this musical masterpiece. Ionic Vision always refused to put this track on any other release or compilation, because some tongues claimed them to be nazi's (this song was played live, but only once and never again and still, a demo version made it onto a UK tape sampler). just like in real life, after a maxi as introduction, an album was an obligatory release : Der Totale Krieg was born. It was at this point that Ionic Vision gained interest from across the borders of Belgium. Some of these tapes were bought by fans in France, Spain and even the US and Japan. Ionic Vision made their first appearances on compilation, only on tapes to start with, but it placed them another step closer to recognition. The positive sales and reactions of Der Totale Krieg caused this tape to be out of print very soon. Being faithfull to their eternal strive for releasing special material this tape was followed by the release of a limited edition version, containing new and exclusive remixes, accompanied with a booklet containing pictures and lyrics. Right after this, Ionic Vision made their first steps on stage, playing in Leuven on "Night of the Noise", February 27th 1994. The start of a pounding live career!

Because of being a part of the Side-line clan it was no problem for them to get in touch and grow up with other bands such as Aiboforcen, Fuze Box Machine, Lescure 13 and Suicide Commando. They were all often mentioned in one breath and often seen together on festivals or playing live along with eachother. Because of this friendship Ionic Vision and Lescure 13 decided to co-release a split tape. This release ensured that both bands could spread eachother’s tunes over their growing follow-up of fans. The concept was as follows: Ionic Vision and Lescure 13 would release a tape single (each called Prospects, with a transparent sleeve and limited upto 25 copies only), containing one song on each side, and shorlty after that the tape album Split. Ionic Vision remixed both songs for the Lescure 13 tape and by doing so they made their move in remixing other bands. Ionic Vision did put a new song, called 'Ordinary', on the b-side of their Prospects tape, probably the most exclusive Ionic track. Split was the best selling tape so far, and the Ionic crew released this split-album accomplished with a special booklet showing an overview of their career with exclusive pictures. And the "Vision" went on and on and on, the release of the self made Dirty Video Show VHS was a big event for the fans and magazines at that time. Ionic Vision who were always (and will always be) busy giving every new release an aural and visual aspect finally gave their music a visual form. What was initially meant to be a single track video made for fun, ended up as a three track video. A concept which was probably the most joyful period of the band. A remarkable event as well, because no other demo band ever tried something like this. A visual proof that Ionic Vision is more of a concept than it is a band. It's a way of thinking, a way of giving shape to feelings and thoughts, be it in a musical manner or others.

Ionic Vision pushed themselves more and more into other magazines and got airplay and interviews all across Europe. More and more concerts were given and the most remarkable was in De Wommel where they played with IC434 and Suicide Commando. A bashing evening were people were dancing on the tables to the tunes of their well-krafted EBM. And so the lads took a decision to release some of that live material. Violent Playground was born, containing a playground side (with studio tracks) and a violent side containing the live versions from the playground side. This was released on CD format in limited quantities, it would be the final release as a demo band. Not only did the boys release live material, they went on gig after gig proving their strong live reputation. And even today Ionic Vision keeps the label of a breath taking experience .You just cannot stand still when they release their hundreds of up tempo beats per minute, try it out if you dare! Being asked to remix one of Aiboforcen’s tracks (Aids on the album) led to a remix for Fuze Box Machine (Stress Out on the album) and a remix for Suicide Commando (remixes were done for the song Intercourse but were never released, they exist, though they are buried behind the vaults!) Ionic Vision's mixing/recording capacity was recognized and noticed by others. And so they were (with a helping hand from their safe haven Side-line represented in the form of an everlasting friend Seba Dolimont) closer to a record deal than ever before. In december 1995, all three members signed at Khazad Dum. In late 1996 they released their first CDmaxi, the numbered limited edition Prophecy ION001 (by that time the Ionic Vision releases all carried a tag with the prefix ION and the number of the release). The main title Ave Maria (a cynical approach on the institute called 'church') made it onto several, underground dancefloors, ("ave maria, the devil keeps you sane, ave maria how long will you maintain") spreading more Ionic tunes across the globe. Even DJ's in New York noticed this maxi and finally this band got it's recognition as hard hitting dance act, not only in their home country but everywhere people got ioni(c)sed. Their second CD release showed the bands real face. Their well crafted Neo-body music (their self-invented term for the revival of the Electronic Body Music, and which has got nothing to do with that despicable nazi-tag they got since long) gained airplay and more compilation appearances. Like tradition wanted it, Ionic Vision always did their best to appear on samplers with highly exclusive tracks, and few samplers have really some collectible remixes and/or songs. Rage Against The Acoustic made it clear to the public that this band was not aiming at the commercial movement of that time, the cross-over. While loads of former EBM bands were drowned into that sea of sin , these three Belgian lads tried to keep their heads above the water. None of them gave in and didn't want to. They made music with their hearts and minds and expressed it throughout their pure synthetic equipment. For them EBM was and is the way to do it! Their rage against the acoustic was so big that nothing was able to break their spine. The spine of pure and force driving electronic music. Because of that their follow up of fans was growing.

By this time Ionic Vision was setting up their own recording area, called the Ionic Data Base. From here on they controlled all of their upcoming work. It's where they started working on a new maxi entitled Heresy (which was eventually meant to be a collaboration between Ionic Vision and the German duo of Der Prager Handgriff) Due to unfortunate misunderstandings this relase was delayed and even deleted. But promotional reasons and label pressure made it clear something new had to be done. Therefore the best known Ionic Vision song The End was altered to a radio version (keeping the word "fuckers" out, BBC is severe on that you know ??) with the help of Fuze Box Machine and long life time (and beyond) friend Stephane Froidcoeur, who supplied additional vocals. Two new songs (which were ment for the next album) were taken to give this maxi more character. ION003 was released as a normal maxi and as limited edition (500 copies only) on which two exclusive remixes and two exclusive live tracks were available. This was probably their best production since ever, but meant a turning point.

"The End". It surely seemed so, because from that release on nothing besides a huge silence was heard from Ionic Vision. From 1997 untill 1999, a mysterious haze seemed to keep the band away from nosy people. What happened and what is happening? No interviews were allowed, no compilation appearances, no live performances, no comment on questions, no fan mail was answered, Ionic silence!
Some magazines wrote the band had split up, moved on to put their unstoppable energy in new projects! Some of them were partially right but overlooked few important details here. During this "working behind closed doors" period, Ionic Vision remixed several projects like Bio-tek, Testube, Hexedene, Diverje,... Bands like Devotion (on their first demo a remix of Ionic vision can be found) the front door of the Ionic Data Base asking if Ionic Vision is willing to help them record their first demo. All that made it look as if Ionic Vision didn't have much time left for themselves. There was indeed a band crisis, and several other projects in which some members were involved but all this stranded. Slowly all they had build up faded away. At a certain moment Ionic Vision decided to continue were they left of in 1997. At that time Kurt made it clear to quit Ionic Vision, pursueing his own obscure way.

During these two years of absence, besides remixing and producing, new sounds were created, new territories were exploited and new songs were created. Still remaining faithfull to their old school of EBM, Ionic Vision has put some new elements in their music. A promo CD IONXLCD004 containing one track was recorded and soon after that another promo CD was released, Homo Sovieticus, which carried the catalognumber PION004. It captured some old tunes accompanied by a few new Visions. These two promo devices were preceding devices for a limited US only compilation called Homo Sovieticus, in co-operation with DSBP. This puts these two body bashing Belgians back onto the track, and they will soon pass you by at the speed of light.

message

We plan to go harder, faster and more aggressive as a we used to, we are fed up with softy crap music!

other projects
none, we save the world from more crap music!
website
www.dsbp.cx/ionic
pic/logo
Ionic Vision


discography

Einen Tanz traumen
MC
09.1992
 
1 factory fun
2 work
3 a crash
4 hatred!hatred!
5 sedation
6 refuse to die
7 rough and dust
8 ashes and dust
9 requiem (lucas8:26-39)
10 raise your gun
11 this used to be my playground
12 i forced you
13 all is well that ends well

Total madness
MC 12"
09.1993
 
1 mass madness (channel two)
2 provoke violence
3 treblinka
4 mass madness (channel three)
5 provoke much more violence
6 provoke simplicity

Der totale Krieg
MC
01.1994
 
1 skeleton subways
2 pain
3 ashes and dust (compact)
4 dirty love
5 black-out
6 the end
7 get down with me
8 adrenaline
9 nuclear attack (first attack)
10 mass madness (channel one)

Der totale Krieg (lim ed)
MC
03.1994
 
1 skeleton subways
2 pain
3 ashes and dust (compact)
4 dirty love
5 black-out
6 the end
7 get down with me
8 adrenaline
9 nuclear attack (first attack)
10 mass madness (channel one)
11 dirty love (edit)
12 adrenaline (rush version)
13 pain (beaten)
14 the end (wider)

Der totale Krieg
CDR
03.1994
 
1 skeleton subways
2 pain
3 ashes and dust (compact)
4 dirty love
5 black-out
6 the end
7 get down with me
8 adrenaline
9 nuclear attack (first attack)
10 mass madness (channel one)
11 dirty love (video version)
12 provoke violence
13 treblinka
14 provoke technology

Dirty video show
VHS (PAL)
06.1994
 
1 dirty love (video version)
2 i believe (video version)
3 the end (original version)

Prospects
MC (lim 25 copies)
10.1994
 
1 death comes closer (energized)
2 ordinary (routine version)

Split w/ Lescure 13
MC
11.1994
 
ionic vision:
1 death comes closer (iodized)
2 i believe (body smashing)
3 gewalt
4 blood
5 synthetic sex
6 zyklon b
7 promises

Violent playground
CDR
04.1995
Violent playground
1 dirty love (spermix)
2 i believe (video version)
3 work (bearbeitet)
4 synthetic sex
5 the end
6 body health
7 acoustic rage
8 dirty love (live)
9 i believe (live)
10 work (live)
11 synthetic sex (live)
12 body health (live)

Prophecy
MCD
08.1996
Celtic Circle / Khazad Dum
Prophecy
1 ave maria (pristine)
2 pain
3 ave maria (deflowered)
4 pain (smx)
5 ave maria (praybo mix)
6 ave maria (sacred body mix)

Rage against the acoustic
CD
02.1997
Celtic Circl / Khazad Dum
Rage against the acoustic
1 mass madness
2 deceit
3 i am your jesus
4 nuclear attack (final attack)
5 synthetic sex
6 a crash
7 ave maria (original)
8 tour de france
9 corruption president (re-elected)
10 cueva de amor
11 see me
12 the end

The end
MCD
09.1997
Celtic Circle / Khazad Dum
The end
1 the end (enraged)
2 hypocrite
3 the end (din2)
4 the end (din3)
5 d/d (anonymous mix)

The end (lim ed)
MCD
10.1997
Celtic Circle / Khazad Dum
The end - limited edition
1 the end (enraged)
2 hypocrite (pro-forma)
3 d/d (original version)
4 pain (live in waregem)
5 the end (live in waregem)

Maschinenzukunft
Promo CD
03.1999
Machineries of Joy
Maschinenzukunft
1 mashinenzukunft (transmission edition)

Homo sovieticus
Promo CD
08.1999
Machineries of Joy
Homo sovieticus - promo
1 homo sovieticus (propaganda)
2 see me
3 mashinenzukunft (transmission edition)
4 homo sovieticus (technica)
5 the end (enraged)
6 corruption president (live)
7 mass madness (live)

Homo sovieticus
CD
12.1999
DSBP
Homo sovieticus
1 homo sovieticus (propaganda)
2 mass madness
3 pain
4 i am your jesus
5 maschinenzukunft (transmission edition)
6 d/d (base)
7 corruption president (re-elected)
8 see me
9 hypocrite
10 homo sovieticus (politika edit)
11 a crash
12 the end (enraged)
13 cueva de amor (erotica)
14 pain (live)
15 the end (live)

Maschinenstate
USA Promo CD
12.2000
Machineries of Joy
Maschinenstate
1 what they want - "needy"
2 maschinenzukunft - "stahlwerk"
3 what they want - "fluctuant edit"
4 maschinenzukunft - "factory mix"
5 what they want - "k-beaten"
6 maschinenzukunft - "planted in your head"

Maschinenpromo
Europe Promo CD
12.2000
Machineries of Joy
Maschinenpromo
1 what they want - "needy"
2 maschinenzukunft - "angstmachine edit"
3 what they want - "k-beaten"
4 maschinenzukunft - "factory mix"
5 what they want - "fluctuant"
6 maschinenzukunft - "stateside"

Maschinenangst
CD
05.2001
DSBP
Maschinenangst
1 what they want - "needy"
2 maschinenzukunft - "factory mix"
3 my joy - "industry standard"
4 maschinenzukunft - "angstmachine"
5 what they want - "greedy"
6 maschinenzukunft - "stahlwerk"
7 revolution - "industry standard"
8 what they want - "fluctuant"
9 maschinenzukunft - "freizeittechnik"
10 what they want - "loaded bong"
11 my joy - "industry extension"
12 maschinenzukunft - "umwelttechnik"
13 what they want - "k-beaten"

MaschinenKlang
MC
10.2000
Machineries of Joy
Maschinenklang
1 What they want (fluctuant edit by Olivier Beach ft AP)
2 MaschinenZukunft (static electrinity by Buropolitik)

Neumaschinen
Promo CDR
08.2002
Machineries of Joy
My cell
1 my cell
2 the way to live
3 in the news

Neumaschinen
CD
11.2002
Machineries of Joy
Neumaschinen
1 Feel The Ignorance
2 Do The Arrogance
3 The Way To Live
4 In The News
5 Drive
6 My Cell
7 Youth
8 The Prince And His Lover
9 Push
10 Neon Lit Baby
11 Insane
12 Electronic Minded
13 Final
14 Drive (90mph - by system syn)
15 In The News (tageschau club mix - by Black Wedding)
16 My Cell (system locked - by system syn)
17 Drive (enCAPsulated - by C.A.P.)

Neumaschinen
CD
11.2002
Machineries of Joy
Neumaschinen - Limited edition
1 Feel The Ignorance
2 Do The Arrogance
3 The Way To Live
4 Drive
5 Body Health
6 My Cell
7 In The News
8 Jugend
9 Neon Lit Baby
10 Insane
11 Behaviour
12 Push
13 Ordinary
14 Final
15 My Cell (room 2 - by Pouppée Fabrikk)
16 Drive (60mph - by system syn)
17 In The News (tageschau club mix - by Black Wedding)
18 My Cell (emprisoned - by Panzerlab)

In between
MCD
05.2003
Machineries of Joy
 
unknown

In between
12"
05.2003
Planète Rouge
 
unknown



page updated on 14.05.2003