“We’re all playing the same song, we’re just tapping into it at a different point.” This quote, attributed to “one of the Wolf Eyes dudes” by Bob Bellerue in an interview with TMT, could be the ethos of noise music; a style which focuses on exploring a process rather than promoting a product. As a theater technician, Bob Bellerue is adept at using space to contribute to a piece of work. His music is intense, and he uses physical space to affect the trajectory of his noise compositions, which are improvised, expansive, and harsh. On "Side D," from his new album Damned Piano, the room is as much of an instrument as the body of the piano Bellerue “plays.” There may be some third-variable tomfoolery going on here, but whatever is in the kool-aid that compels Bellerue to torture the strings of a Weber grand and commit its anguished cry to tape must also give him superpolymathic powers. As I mentioned, he’s a theater technician, but he also runs the Brooklyn festival Ende Tymes, two record labels, and has an impressive, mile-long CV of releases and installatons.
Damned Piano is out now on Anarchymoon in a vinyl edition of 200.
Welcome to Bob Bellerue's hellscape. He is one of those guys that enjoys the binary of being generous and wise person while sporting a real scary noise persona. He often performs as Diablo and dons this gnarly Beezlebub mustache. Bob Bellerue is not just a friendly face in the greater noise scene, but one of its real moves and shakers. In addition to running sound at all sorts of wild shows from Kevin Drumm at Artists Space to any number of things as Issue Project Room, he is single-handedly responsible for Ende Tymes. For total freaks, rightful outcasts, and squares alike, Ende Tymes has been the absolute highlight of the Brooklyn experimental scene for three years running, bringing together people with an ill sense of music from all over the country. Well, now it's Bob's time to shine, as he is finally presenting his first solo LP. Brokelyn is as much a pun as it is a reality, because this borough is indeed quite broken. And it smells bad. Recorded exactly 14 months apart at Goodbye Blue Monday, the two pieces on Brokelyn see Bellerue giving a crash course on a number of his most common sonic tools, which includes computer noise, a ton of feedback, a variety of uncommon wind instruments (including the gambuh suling), and his Slack Ass'd Hollow Body. Bellerue explained this guitar creation over email, noting that he put speaker drivers in the body and that "the strings are as loose as they can be while still [being] able to resonate, so it is a feedback machine on par with volcanos and earthquakes."
You can listen to Brokelyn right now via Bandcamp, and grab that vinyl in January by way of Love Earth Music.
Shifting fairly rapidly from cool noise event to one of the essential festivals in New York, Bob Bellerue's Ende Tymes festival is presenting its strongest line-up yet. Last year, it was amazing that the festival managed to pull C.C.C.C.'s Astro from Japan, but in 2013, the three-day sonic orgy has managed to drastically up its quotient of noise celebrities. Alongside President Aaron Dilloway, Ende Tymes will see preformances by Pittsburgh terrorizers, Macronympha, French harsh noise wall master, Vomir, and OG dark ambient artist, Thomas Dimuzio. In addition to an over-the-top three-night line-up, Ende Tymes will feature a sound installation by Maria Chavez and a feature film by GX Jupitter-Larsen.
Noise festivals aren't exactly gold mines, so help out by contributing to the Ende Tymes' fundraiser.