Herman Gillis

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Herman Gillis
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Herman Gillis formed his first band, the Primitifs, when he was 18. He built a number of instruments for the band, including an air-scratcher, a drum machine (including self-made drum pads), a primitif computer system and a MIDI.

When the Primitifs split up, the three remaining founders continued as The Passion of a Primitif and won second prise in Humo's Rock Rally in 1986. Their prize was to record an album produced by Jo Casters of Poésie Noire. Jo Casters asked Herman to join Poésie Noire as guitarist.

Around 1987, Herman began developing new ideas and programmed the first dance beats of several famous New Beat songs, such as Move Your Ass and Feel the Beat, Taste Of Sugar, etc. As Sherman, he became one of the most productive producers of the new beat era, working alongside Jo Casters (Morton) and Roland Beelen (Belluci) as Morton Sherman Bellucci (allegedly a parody of Stock, Aitken & Waterman).

In 1988, reportedly after a journalist called Poésie Noire to “poppy”, he adopted the name Boris Mikulic and recorded as In Sotto Voce with Jo Casters (as Ilya Dimitrijevic), pretending to be a Jugoslavian band.

After the New Beat era, Herman went on to form and produced different dance acts, including MC Baker and Maree. Herman also played in the band Running Cow, later Volt, produced by Herman in cooperation with Wouter Van Belle.

After Volt split up, Herman grew tired of the music industry and dedicated his time on the development of electronic gear. From 1993 to 1996, he spent his time entirely on making a new synthesizer and worked as a repair-man for artists and music stores.

In 1996, the first prototypes of the Sherman Filterbank came out and became hugely successful. Herman has, in recent years, produced art and performances, including prototypes of an image synthesizer, in combination Sherman Filterbanks.

In 2010, he reunited with Jo Casters to record a new Poésie Noire record.
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Herman Gillis Discography Tracks

Instruments & Performance

ANTLER 055 Herman Gillis - Songs From The Ant-Hill album art The Passion Of A Primitif The Passion Of A Primitif - Songs From The Ant-Hill(LP, MiniAlbum) Antler Records ANTLER 055 Belgium 1987 Sell This Version
ANTLER 073, Antler 073 Herman Gillis - Drowning In Fire album art Company Of State Company Of State - Drowning In Fire(LP, Album) Antler Records, Antler Records ANTLER 073, Antler 073 Belgium 1987 Sell This Version
Herman Gillis - Metal Move album art Company Of State Company Of State - Metal Move Antler Records Belgium 1988 Sell This Version
Herman Gillis - Tetra album art Poesie Noire* Poesie Noire* - Tetra (Album) Antler Records Belgium 1988 Sell This Version
ANT 092, ANTLER 092 Herman Gillis - En Grande Colere (Seven Tales Of Schizophrenia) album art Poesie Noire* Poesie Noire* - En Grande Colere (Seven Tales Of Schizophrenia)(LP, MiniAlbum) Antler Records, Antler Records ANT 092, ANTLER 092 Belgium 1988 Sell This Version
Antler 082 - CD, 082- CD, Antler 082-CD Herman Gillis - Existential Despair, Metaphysical Distress, Ontological Ungludation And Cosmic Meltdown album art Poesie Noire* Poesie Noire* - Existential Despair, Metaphysical Distress, Ontological Ungludation And Cosmic Meltdown(CD, Comp) Antler Records, Antler Records, Antler Records Antler 082 - CD, 082- CD, Antler 082-CD Belgium 1988 Sell This Version
AS 5006-CD, A.S.5006-CD, A.S. 5006-CD Herman Gillis - Love Is Colder Than Death album art Poésie Noire Poésie Noire - Love Is Colder Than Death(CD, Album) Antler-Subway, Antler-Subway, Antler-Subway AS 5006-CD, A.S.5006-CD, A.S. 5006-CD Belgium 1989 Sell This Version
ANT 103, ANT 103-LP Herman Gillis - Pity For The Self Or We'll Teach You To Dance album art Poesie Noire* Poesie Noire* - Pity For The Self Or We'll Teach You To Dance(LP, Album) Antler Records, Antler Records ANT 103, ANT 103-LP Belgium 1989 Sell This Version
Ant 109-CD Herman Gillis - En Grande Colere / Pity For The Self album art Poésie Noire Poésie Noire - En Grande Colere / Pity For The Self(CD, Comp) Antler Records Ant 109-CD Belgium 1989 Sell This Version
1193176 Running Cow Running Cow - Gasoline On Fire(12") EMI Music Belgium 1193176 Belgium 1991 Sell This Version
514 949-2 Herman Gillis - Modern Times album art Volt (3) Volt (3) - Modern Times(CD, Album) Mercury 514 949-2 Belgium 1993 Sell This Version
Herman Gillis - Berchem album art Dead Man Ray Bread (as (S)Herman Gillis) Dead Man Ray - Berchem (Album) Heavenhotel Belgium 1998 Sell This Version
Herman Gillis - Profools album art Daan Convertible Chaos and 4 more… Daan - Profools (Album) Tracks Belgium 1999 Sell This Version
7243 8 50476 2 6 Herman Gillis - Verboden Te Zuchten (Le Pressentiment) album art Daan Convertible Chaos Daan - Verboden Te Zuchten (Le Pressentiment)(CD, Album) Labels 7243 8 50476 2 6 Belgium 2000 Sell This Version
541416 500878 Herman Gillis - Parbleu album art JMX Bubblin' and 1 more… JMX - Parbleu(CD, Album) Life Enhancing Audio 541416 500878 Belgium 2002 Sell This Version
Herman Gillis - Bridge Burner album art Daan Fuel and 1 more… Daan - Bridge Burner (Album) Tracks Belgium 2002 Sell This Version
FC 118 Herman Gillis - Amours Noires album art Odieu J'Attend and 1 more… Odieu - Amours Noires(CD, Album) Franc'Amour FC 118 Belgium 2003 Sell This Version
LN 2006.25, 347.0025.020 Herman Gillis - Homo Erectus album art Gorki Gorki - Homo Erectus(CD, Album) Lipstick Notes Records, [PIAS] LN 2006.25, 347.0025.020 Belgium 2006 Sell This Version
BE 001 Herman Gillis - Sense Of Purpose album art Poesie Noire* Poesie Noire* - Sense Of Purpose(CD, Album) Body Electric BE 001 Belgium 2010 Sell This Version

Writing & Arrangement

Antler 071 Herman Gillis - One Of A Number, Part Of A Whole album art Various Restraint (as H. Gillis) Various - One Of A Number, Part Of A Whole(LP, Comp) Antler Records Antler 071 Europe 1987 Sell This Version
Herman Gillis - Timber album art Poesie Noire* Poesie Noire* - Timber Antler Records, Antler Records Belgium 1987 Sell This Version
SUBWAY 004, Ant-Subway 004 Herman Gillis - Not Afraid To Dance album art Fruit Of Life Fruit Of Life - Not Afraid To Dance(12") Subway, Subway SUBWAY 004, Ant-Subway 004 Belgium 1987 Sell This Version
Herman Gillis - Tetra album art Poesie Noire* Poesie Noire* - Tetra (Album) Antler Records Belgium 1988 Sell This Version
ANT 092, ANTLER 092 Herman Gillis - En Grande Colere (Seven Tales Of Schizophrenia) album art Poesie Noire* Poesie Noire* - En Grande Colere (Seven Tales Of Schizophrenia)(LP, MiniAlbum) Antler Records, Antler Records ANT 092, ANTLER 092 Belgium 1988 Sell This Version
Antler 074 7 Herman Gillis - Tragedy album art Poésie Noire Poésie Noire - Tragedy(7", S/Sided) Antler Records Antler 074 7 Belgium 1988 Sell This Version