Music from the Black Box

Jul 29, 2015

Concert, Performance


Selectors’ Records, Vancouver


8:30 p.m.


Musicians Luke Fowler, Sarah Davachi, and Joshua Stevenson performed a trio of pieces that featured the “black box”—a hand-made modular synthesizer built from circuits designed by composer and musician Martin Bartlett with Bill Hern. A founding member of Western Front, Bartlett’s interest in music as a social and performance tradition informed his development of live electronics.

Resurrecting Bartlett’s original black box, the evening of electronics featured performances of original work by Bartlett, including a series of finger exercises he designed for the EMS VCS 3 analogue synthesizer. 

The concert took place while Fowler was in residence at Western Front researching the life and work of Bartlett.

Video documentation of this event is available upon request.

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