Grouper and Paul Clipson

6 June 2014 / £12 / 20:00 / doors 19:30
CCA, Glasgow
Commissioned by Opera North Projects in association with Qu Junktions, Supported by the Opera North Future Fund


HYPNOSIS DISPLAY is a meditation on contemporary America in sound and image. Portland based musician Grouper (Liz Harris) juxtaposes layers of processed field recording, choral vocal harmony and keyboard in a resonant framework that moves behind and through Paul Clipson’s 16mm film. Clipson’s densely rhythmical images in turn traverse Grouper’s musical language to create startling, revelatory, and critical associations.

HYPNOSIS DISPLAY TRAILER from Paul Clipson on Vimeo.

Together they invite the audience to participate in a collective mind’s-eye trip through landscapes of American myth making. The West coast, the worker, the city and the street expose both their dissonance and their ephemeral allure.

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The music of grouper creates a feeling that can only be defined as awe, an uncanny mixture of wonder and dread that nobody does better