Monday, November 20, 2006

Artist Profile: Bob Bellerue

Bob Bellerue: NanoHz No.5

Bob Bellerue :: halfnormal

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"Filling the booming structure with dark rumbles, antic squeedles and sheer blather,
Bellerue fully engages the cavernous sonics, creating chittering walls of echoed overtones and hints of eternal combustion. He roars through the space like a giant robot, spluttering sparks and evil intent all the way." The Wire (Dec 2006)

"a wicked ride through high force audio death wind" Bull Tongue / Arthur (June 2007)

"the BEST DRONE to be made in the past few years... Will keep you OVER satisfied till
the next TNB/ORGANUM collab... HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!" Hanson Records

"a beautiful and serene crawl through some black sonic underworld, ambient, but
subtly harsh, dreamlike, but ominous and mysteriously fucked up. The sound can
be cavernous one second, machinelike the next." Aquarius Records

over the last 20 years i've been involved in a wide range of live creative weirdness - homemade percussion ensembles, Balinese gamelan, dance/performance art sound scores, installation art. for the last 8 years i've been primarily focused on live experimental electronic noise art, and have toured extensively in the western US, as well as Europe and Indonesia. i was formerly based in Los Angeles, where i ran the sub-garde experimental music/performance space the Il Corral, as well as the Beyond Music series and festival, and a stint as TD at Highways Performance Space. further back, i was the main booker at the Che Cafe from 89-91, and played briefly with Crash Worship, Bizarro Sun, and the Super Sonic Samba School. i operate the label Anarchymoon Recordings, and am active in various ensembles including KILT (with Raven Chacon), Dead Wolf Black (with Sandor Finta), Feed the Dragon (with Albert Ortega), and LAMFs (with David Kendall), as well as sitting in with the folk-noise pioneers Smegma.

my work is based in feedback circuits used for synthesis; recontextualized field recordings; texture/drone/nonmusical instruments (shanai, rebab, gambuh, chinese cymbals, hunting calls, junk metal, sheets of glass); and a performance presence best characterized as animist/animalistic. i attempt to harness the sounds within nature, without imposing a deterministic melodic/rhythmic structure.

proper bio:

Bob Bellerue :: halfnormal is a noise artist, theater designer, writer, composer and curator. My work utilizes electronics and custom programming for live performance, sound installation, and prepared ambient (public & private) field recordings. With a background in punk / acid rock, Balinese and Javanese gamelan, and Tibetan Buddhism, I'm interested in the various ways that extreme sonic experiences affect awareness and identity, and the supple techniques used to focus and modulate energy. Over the last 20 years I've played in various percussion / rock / improvised projects, created original sound scores for many performance art, dance, theater and film pieces, and released dozens of recordings. I have collaborated with many powerful members of the west-coast noise / improvisation community, including Smegma, Raven Chacon, Albert Ortega, David Kendall, Mitchell Brown, Joseph Hammer, Circuit Wound, Jarrett Silberman, Frozen Body, and Tullan Velte. My work has been presented in Indonesia, across Europe, and throughout the United States, including the Yogyakarta Gamelan Festival, Centre de Cultura Contemporànea de Barcelona, Beyond Music Sound Festival, CEAIT Festival, SASSAS, NorCal Noise Festival, Olympia Experimental Music Festival, PDX Noise Festival, Highways Performance Space, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Living Arts of Tulsa New Genre Festival, Dairy Center for the Arts, Machine Project, 7Hz, the Il Corral, the Smell, KXLU, KFJC, Kill Radio, Stanford University, UC San Diego, UC Los Angeles, Naropa University (BA 1995), and the California Institute of the Arts (MFA 2003). Visit for more salience.

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