Fire Over Heaven: Max Eilbacher + Bruce McClure

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This special "Audio-Visual" installment of the Fire Over Series will open with a quadraphonic sound piece by Baltimore-based electronic music composer, Max Eilbacher. Perhaps most widely known as the bass player in the polyrhythmic, microtonal rock band, Horse Lords, Eilbacher has also been cutting a unique path of his own thru a series of ambitious, highly imaginative solo releases. Last year, NNA tapes released his "Schizophrenia as Architecture", a suite of electronic pieces that crushes a dizzying array of sonic elements -- organic, synthetic, analog, digital, field recordings, spoken word, and the like -- to utter smithereens. Full of sound and full of space, we're very pleased to have him at F.O.H. for this special 4-channel presentation. Bruce McClure used to play chess with John Cage before embarking on a series of mechanical and conceptual interventions that resulted in his present work with customized 16mm projectors. While McClure didn't invent the flicker film, he is probably the one to most fully realize it's sonic potentials. Using loops of film containing only black and clear frames "read" by both the lens and optical sound readers, his improvisations for multiple projectors superimpose patterns of synchronized light and sound, locked together in a kind of incessant, phasing polyrhythm. Visually and sonically intense, McClure's presentations have taken him to film festivals and music halls around the world, even landing him a spot opening for Throbbing Gristle's 2009 reunion tour. For this evening's presentation, he'll be using two projectors in a piece specially designed for the Outpost space.

Max Eilbacher is an intermedia artist who works primarily with sound, 3D animation, and video. His sound practice draws upon European traditions of electroacoustic and musique concréte composition, creating complex patterns and timbres through synthesis and processing-intensive computer music. His solo music focuses on the abstract side of electronic music. He has created work at EMS in Stockholm and the INA GRM in Paris. His music has been released by Nothern Spy, NNA Tapes, Spectrum Spools, and Anomia. He has toured extensively performing and showing in DIY venues, clubs, museums and galleries all over North America and Europe.

Max Eilbacher on NNA Tapes:
Schizophrenia as Architecture:

Bruce McClure studied architecture at Virginia Tech and received a Bachelors of Architecture in 1985. He then moved to New York City to increase the favors of professional life and benefit from urban manners. For 23 years he worked on residential projects in small offices. In 1994, he began building simple devices to condition moving images and sound using cinematic light. Since 2000 he has toured extensively using film projectors as an instrument in his performances. His work was included in Whitney Biennials (2002 and 2004), he received the Herb Alpert Award in Film/Video in 2008 and a Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 2011.



Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 19:00 to Friday, March 17, 2017 - 18:55
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