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Glyphs (Music from Martin's Tape Archive)


Wednesday April 26 2017, 9:00PM
Innis Town Hall

Glyphs (Music from Martin's Tape Archive)
Luke Fowler Ernst Karel
United Kingdom/United States, 2017, 40 min

Following the screening of Electro-Pythagoras, Fowler and Karel will perform the North American premiere of Glyphs (Music from Martin’s Tape Archive), a new quadraphonic concert work comprised entirely from unreleased and rarely heard reel-to-reels found in Martin Bartlett’s archive, which were digitized by Fowler as part of his research.

The works included in the composition cover Bartlett’s entire career, highlighting the diversity of his electronic compositions. Beginning initially in the 60s with homemade analog devices, working with Buchla boxes in the 70s, and from the 80s onward dedicating his energies to FM synthesis, Bartlett pioneered self-designed software environments to explore microtonal tunings tables and the interaction between computers and performers. In addition to teaching electronic and world music at Simon Fraser University, he was also part of an international live electronic music scene, and also wrote and performed across Canada and Europe with Canada Shadows.

Sadly his dedication to live performance, teaching, and living a full and rich life has been to the detriment of wider recognition in his field. Together, the concert and the film raise awareness of Martin’s life and work, giving him the critical attention that he deserves.

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


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