Mike Mc Glone and friends founded the State Prison Lightshow
on Halloween 2001 in Dover New Hampshire. Performing in the
New England area, the State Prison Lightshow presents a hallucinogenic
experience using classic liquid lightshow technique and equipment.
Being huge psychedelic era fans, we are bringing the art of
original psychedelic lightshows to a new generation. Inspired
by classic lightshow artists Bill
Ham (Light and Sound Dimension), Glenn McKay (Headlights),
Joshua White (Joshua
Lightshow), Tim Pace (Lightworks Planet Earth) and Chris
Our first glimpse of psychedelic lightshows came in 1995 with
Glenn McKay's Headlights, filmed in the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival
Our venues range from festivals, clubs and underground freakouts.
The State Prison Lightshow is a liquid oil and film based lightshow,
utilizing overhead,16mm and slide projection.
Help along the way...
Tim Pace founder of Lightworks Planet Earth (formally York Town
Power & Lights 69-72) has taken the State Prison Lightshow
under his wing, giving us a mountain of support and inspiration.
Tim has given us tips and techniques,countless hours on the
phone, old equipment (including two Beseler Master Vu Graphs,
that he used at the Fillmore East)
and the opportunity to work with him at his lightshows.
of Lights Chris Samardizch has helped us out as well. Chris
is a very busy guy who works with The
Grateful Dead and The Allman Brothers
Band, but stills finds time to help us out. Chris has
answered questions, given us lightshow contacts and invited
us backstage to study his July 13 2003 Allman
Brothers Band lightshow.
Glenn McKay who founded Headlights, shared his trade secrets
with us in May of 2003. Glenn is a very friendly lightshow artists
who was very happy to pass along his years of lightshow knowledge.
Our overhead collection consists of four 1000 watt Beseler Master
Vu Graphs (two of these from Tim Pace) and Two 1000 watt Buhl
Custom 200 Series (made custom for NASA, again another gift
from Tim Pace). Overhead projectors are used for liquid oil,
moire patterns and computer generated transparencies.
16mm projection is performed using an army of Bell and Howells,
Dukanes, Elmos and Kodak projectors. We use the 16mm's to project
uncut film reels, heavily spliced custom film reels, film loops,
painted film and film etching. We use the 16's as lumia tools
and shoot the projectors into an assortment of mirrors and bounce
the images to the screen.
Slide projectors are also used in the same fashion as the film
projectors. Showing altered and painted slides as well as 35mm
The old days...
Which is about 2 years ago...Our first lightshows included the
use of 8mm, filmstrip and opaque projectors. These have since
been retired to our lightshow hall of fame. They are no longer
bright enough to project the distances of our growing venues,
but we keep them anyway to remind us of our first lightshows.
We are always seeking to trade lightshow tips from the new and
old. Please visit our web site and email us, even if its just
to say hello.
Mike/State Prison Lightshow - July 2003