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Electro-Pythagoras (a portrait of Martin Bartlett)

On Screen

Wednesday April 26 2017, 8:00PM
Innis Town Hall

Electro-Pythagoras (a portrait of Martin Bartlett)
Luke Fowler
United Kingdom/Canada, 2016, 45 min

Electro-Pythagoras is an intimate and subjective portrait of the late Martin Bartlett, the Canadian electronic music pioneer who studied with Pauline Oliveros, David Tudor, John Cage, and Pandit Pran Nath. His contribution as an interdisciplinary composer, educator, and founding member of Western Front, though undoubtedly extensive, is in danger of being erased from cultural memory since his death from AIDS in 1993.

Navigating an array of archival materials including letters, correspondences, notebooks, personal photos, and a huge body of unreleased music and field recordings held at the archives of Simon Fraser University, Electro-Pythagoras is a journey through the evolution of Bartlett’s musical time and space, softly guided by Luke Fowler’s insightful camera and montage—creating an experimental portrait that defies one-dimensionality.

In Electro-Pythagoras, the careful hand-craftedness of Fowler’s montage brings us closer to the psyche of an artist who also favoured intimacy as a way to soften and break down the barriers between technology and performance, between composer and performer, blending the visible with the invisible.

Presented as a double bill with a screening followed by a performance.

 

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