Unconscious Archives #16
Bruce mc Clure (USA) + Roberto Crippa (IT/UK)
WEDNESDAY 1ST APRIL
Apiary Studios, 458 Hackney Rd, London, E2 9EG
Doors 7.30pm | £6 advance, £8 on door
Strictly limited to 60 people!
Bruce mc Clure:
‘Bruce McClure’s film projector is a weapon. Its ammunition is raw light. Darkness is both its adversary and its matrix. Radiant blasts inflame the theatre of perception. The void retaliates. This is a cinema of thunder and lightening.’ - OtherFilm
McClure forcefully employs the phenomena of visual flicker and the phasing of sound to create long form, trance like states of ‘ecstatic reverie’. Adapting the gate of the projector by inserting metal plates, and using alternating loops of flicker film, McClure deftly adjusts projector focus and lamp intensity to elicit physiological effects. Film loops double up as a pulsing optical soundtrack, which McClure modulates using guitar delay and distortion pedals to exact a polyrhythmic experience.
McClure has performed at major international festivals and venues including International Film Festival Rotterdam, OtherFilm, Australia, AV Festival, UK, Apparent Motion, San Francisco Cinematheque, Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival’s Views of the Avant-Garde, Whitney Biennial, Walker Art Center, and Wexner Center for the Arts.
Image: Bruce mc Clure – Ventriloquent Agitator
“Untitled” a new piece commissioned by Ears Have Ears – Unexplored Territories in Sound, a radio show on Fbi Radio in Sydney, Australia.
“Secret Thirteen Mix 127” is an electrifying and well planned audio expedition over the imaginary array of clouds and isolated striking nature where even the smallest sound particle has a meaning and plays an important role in the whole complex and multi-layered mix’s context. It is a precisely balanced fusion of such experienced artists’ production as Emptyset, Valerio Tricoli, Kevin Drumm, Peder Mannerfelt, Helm or Shapednoise that opens new horizons for every contemporary/experimental electronic music seeker. Most of the tracks were released in the last decade on such Secret Thirteen’s beloved labels as Raster-Noton, Editions Mego, PAN, Subtext, Modal Analysis and similar respectable imprints that always present innovations, modernity and exclusive musical philosophy with every new release.”
Roberto Crippa, Reverse
We Can Elude Control, DL / LP
This impressive debut album of monstrous electroacoustic ooze lurches through the cold mud with a jackbooted miserabilism and a penchant for cruelty. Crippa structures much of his work around crawling rhythms that are gnarled as if through genetic mutation, and he injects the blank spaces with smouldering, mutilated noises imbued with the psychological horror of bloody scratches on a crime scene wall. With the exception of a curiously unwise synth melody on “Still”, Reverse maintains a thousand-yard stare as it trudges zombie-like towards oblivion; an approach exemplified by the relentless slog of distortion, grime and thud on the finale “Helix”.
Jim Haynes, The Wire Magazine, May 2014
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