“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.
This May, the Ende Tymes Festival of Noise and Experimental Liberation will return to New York City for its fourth consecutive year. Some of the more notable acts performing at this year's iteration of the festival include Hiroshi Hasegawa, formerly of legendary Japanese noise band C.C.C.C.; illustrious noise-maker and perennial Ad Hoc-fave Kevin Drumm; MV Carbon & Bill Nace, the latter of which recently teamed up with Kim Gordon as Body/Head for one of our favorite records of 2013; and forward-thinking electro-noise stalwart Pete Swanson, who will be performing with Jefre Cantu-Ledesma of Root Strata. Ende Tymes has started a fundraiser page to help with the costs of the festival, offering a variety of merch-- including archival recordings and weekend passes for the festival-- to those that donate. The festival is also accepting submissions of video art to be displayed during the concerts.
Ende Tymes IV will take over Silent Barn and Outpost Artists Resources from May 8-11 this year. Peep the full line-up, then head over to the festival's fundraiser page to donate. Below, check out a promotional video produced by Ende Tymes.
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.