Paul Clipson’s Vision Of Cruel Optimism

In my opinion, Paul Clipson is one of the most vital experimental filmmakers active in North America right now. His work over the past decade or so, has been utterly transfixing and he’s developed an entirely original and personal language of in camera processing of images. It’s hard to believe that none of what you see is created outside the camera during the filming itself. Paul is simply some kind of magician! He makes a special kind of visual magic that utilises exclusively elements of the everyday and then warps and layers them within the camera creating something that absolutely transcends the reality from which they are borrowed!

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Cruel Optimism in 24 bit

Cruel Optimism USA 2017

LAWRENCE ENGLISH USA OPTIMISM 2017

MAR 25 BROOKLYN, NY @ KNOCKDOWN CENTER
MAR 26 BROOKLYN, NY @ KNOCKDOWN CENTER PRESENTING THE RADICAL LISTENER MASTERCLASS
MAR 28 CHICAGO, IL @ THE EMPTY BOTTLE
MAR 29 SAN FRANCISCO, CA @ THE LAB
MAR 31 LOS ANGELES, CA @ ZEBULON
APRIL 5 IOWA CITY, IA MISSION CREEK FESTIVAL
APRIL 7 LOS ANGELES, CA @VOLUME PRESENTING THE RADICAL LISTENER MASTERCLASS

HEXA – FACTORY PHOTOS UK/EU 2017

HEXA FACTORY PHOTOGRAPHS EU/UK 2017

DATE: Tuesday 14th February 2017
LOCATION: Firenze (IT)
VENUE: Teatro Della Compagnia
EVENT LINK: https://www.facebook.com/events/356579331386300/
https://www.boxol.it/cinemalacompagnia/it/event/hexa-perfoms-david-lynchs/193816

DATE: Wednesday 15th February 2017
LOCATION: London
VENUE: The Forge
EVENT LINK: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/383554

DATE: Thursday 16th February 2017
LOCATION: Bristol
VENUE: The Lantern
EVENT LINK: http://www.colstonhall.org/shows/hexa/

DATE: Friday 17th February 2017
LOCATION: Leeds
VENUE: Howard Assembly Room
EVENT LINK: https://www.operanorth.co.uk/productions/hexa-david-lynch-s-the-factory-photographs

DATE: Saturday 18th February 2017
LOCATION: The Hague
EVENT: Rewire x Korzo
VENUE: Korzo
EVENT LINK: http://www.korzo.nl/nl/producties/rewire-x-korzo-5

DATE: Sunday 19th February 2017
LOCATION: Glasgow
EVENT: Glasgow Film Festival
VENUE: The Glue Factory
EVENT LINK: http://glasgowfilm.org/glasgow-film-festival

DATE: Wednesday 22nd February 2017
LOCATION: Leipzig
VENUE: IFZ
EVENT LINKS: http://ifz.me/

DATE: Thursday 23rd February 2017
LOCATION: Gent
VENUE: Vooruit
EVENT LINK: https://vooruit.be/nl/show/detail/11833/HEXA_with_David_Lynch’s_’Factory_Photographs’_Miaux

LPE INITIAL OPTIMISM 2017

FEB 13            MILANO, IT @ SAN FEDELE

FEB 18            THE HAGUE, NL @ REWIRE X KORZO

MAR 26            BROOKLYN, NY @ THE MISSION

MAR 28            CHICAGO, IL @ THE EMPTY BOTTLE           

MAR 29            SAN FRANCISCO, CA @ THE LAB           

MAR 31            LOS ANGELES, CA @ ZEBULON

APRIL 5            IOWA CITY, IA MISSION CREEK FESTIVAL

More to come…

Cruel Optimism: Heinz Riegler

Heinz Riegler and I have known one another for the better part of two decades. In the early 00s, I formed I/O3 with him and keyboardist Tam Patten and recorded a number of very early editions for Room40. Heinz also played on several of my early solo records. Having relocated to his homeland of Austria, we haven’t had some many opportunities to collaborate in recent years. Early this year Heinz returned to Australia and over one afternoon we recorded some overdubs that greatly shaped two of the pieces on Cruel Optimism. A few weeks later Heinz recorded some more sections for Object Of Projection, which were the closing passages for that piece. He is an incredible force and I count myself as very fortunate to have had benefitted from his contributions to this album. (Photo by Bryan Spencer)

Cruel Optimism: Chris Abrahams


My admiration for Chris Abrahams knows few bounds. You might know him as one third of the necks, or through his incredible solo work Room40 has had the pleasure to be part of making public. I was fortunate enough to have Chris perform on Cruel Optimism. He managed to transcend any and all of the esoteric notes I sent him about how I imagined harmony in the record. These hands are transformative.

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