Le Laboratoire Cambridge
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Non-Event and Balagan present

BRUCE MCCLURE (16mm & 35mm projectors, effects) performing Parallel Rows Cover Every Foot
DAVID GRUBBS (guitar, vocals)
GEOFF MULLEN (field recordings, electronics)

Le Laboratoire (Directions)
650 East Kendall Street
Cambridge, MA
(617) 945-7515 ext. 110
Doors: 7:30pm, Music: 8pm
Door: $15 general admission, $10 members + students
Advance: $10 general admission, $8 members + students

Eventbrite - Bruce McClure + David Grubbs + Geoff Mullen at Le Laboratoire

Cash bar only (no cc)


“Preludes in Arabesque for 35mm” by Bruce McClure
performance by Geoff Mullen
performance by David Grubbs
“Parallel Rows Cover Every Foot” (2015) by Bruce McClure


BRUCE MCCLURE, an architect turned filmmaker with a penchant for thunderous noise, utilizes multiple 16mm projectors and short film loops to create rhythmic strobes and drones, all filtered through an array of guitar effects pedals and turned up to 11. The sound-image relationship slowly evolves as the loops drift through different phases of syncopation. The physicality of the flashing light and penetrative audio results in a visceral, transcendent experience.

Bruce McClure graduated with a degree in Architecture in 1985 and worked for 23 years in small firms on residential projects. In 1994 he redirected his attentions toward “the immateriality of [cinematic] pursuits,” building simple devices using light intervals to affect the perception of motion and space. Eventually the film projector was adopted as his primary tool. Incandescent light and optical sound were organized into “projector performances.” McClure’s unconventional use of optical sound in conjunction with shuttered light has earned him a unique place at festivals in the United States and abroad. His exploitation of the film projector as a picture and sound device has enabled him to move from “cinema” to the music hall. In 2009 he was the opening act in Brooklyn and Chicago for a reunion of seminal Industrial music group Throbbing Gristle.

DAVID GRUBBS is Professor of Music at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. At Brooklyn College he also teaches in the MFA programs in Performance and Interactive Media Arts (PIMA) and Creative Writing. He is the author of Records Ruin the Landscape: John Cage, The Sixties, and Sound Recording (Duke University Press).

Grubbs has released twelve solo albums and appeared on more than 150 commercially-released recordings. He is known for his cross-disciplinary collaborations with writers Susan Howe and Rick Moody, visual artists Anthony McCall, Angela Bulloch, and Stephen Prina, and choreographer Jonah Bokaer.  His work has been presented at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, MoMA, the Tate Modern, and the Centre Pompidou. Grubbs was a member of the groups Gastr del Sol, Bastro, and Squirrel Bait, and he has performed with the Red Krayola, Will Oldham, Tony Conrad, Pauline Oliveros, and Loren Connors, among many others. He is a grant recipient from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts; a contributing editor in music for BOMB Magazine; director of the Blue Chopsticks record label; and a member of ISSUE Project Room’s Board of Directors.

GEOFF MULLEN is an artist and musician from Providence, Rhode Island. Recent projects have included site-specific installation, sculpture, photography and video, collage, educational workshops, and performance. Geoff has presented work throughout the USA, Canada, and Europe—in venues ranging from concert halls, clubs, museums, galleries, basements, schools, streets, and city gardens. His music has been released on most available audio media, and he is the founder of Rare Youth, an independent record label dedicated to the support of local (RI) underground music. Geoff completed his MFA at Bard College, and is currently an adjunct faculty member at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design.