“I can’t tell how much hearing the title Damned Piano before I heard the music colored my experience of Bob Bellerue’s masterful double LP, but either way it strikes me as one of the most apt names ever. In these four brain-encroaching slabs of drone, ambience, noise, and sonic terror, Bellerue sounds like he’s doing everything he can to exorcise demons out of a piano. The process he used sounds a little ritualistic too, but it’s the results that bear ghosts, erecting a black-toned universe of creepily-calm, subconsciously-urgent music.” – Marc Masters, The Out Door (Pitchfork)
released March 13, 2015
9ft Weber grand piano, speakers, pickups, mics, pedals, laptop
Recorded July 2014 by Patrick Higgins at Future Past Studios, Hudson NY. Performance photo by Alexander Perelli.
This project is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts' Electronic Media and Film Finishing Funds grant program, administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes (www.NYSCA.org / www.eARTS.org)