Electro-Pythagorus: A Portrait of Martin Bartlett

Mar 29, 2017



Djvad Mowafaghian Theatre, SFU Woodwards, Vancouver


7:00 p.m.


A screening of Electro-Pythagorus: A Portrait of Martin Bartlett (2016), a film by Luke Fowler that pays tribute to the computer music pioneer and Western Front co-founder. Developed in part during a research residency at Western Front, Fowler’s forty-five-minute film combines unseen archival material (correspondence, notebooks, still photos, music, film, and video) with new notes shot in Vancouver, Burnaby, and Victoria, Canada; and Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The film addresses Bartlett’s life, work, and the cultural milieu that he came out of. Featuring a crafted consideration of Bartlett’s interests in minimalism, world music, early computer music languages, and microtuning, the work is conceived of as a para-documentary that reclaims certain elements of Bartlett’s life—whose contributions as an interdisciplinary composer were largely unknown until his early passing from AIDS in the early 1990s.

Presented with Simon Fraser University Galleries.

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