Martin Bartlett – Anecdotal Electronics: Live Experiments And Other Recordings
Arc Light Editions in collaboration with Multiverse Music present a welcoming, heartening compendium of Martin Bartlett’s work, the surprisingly little-known Canadian composer and writer who combined aleatory, synthesizers, humor and community-building into a life's work, honoring the social experience and organic systems of electronic music making.
These themes, as extolled in his manifesto-like piece Electronic Recalcitrant (snap-shotted on the jacket of this LP) are presented through speech as well as music on the album, bard-like in the explanatory “Three Songs Featuring Dan Shiedt + Doug Collinge” or “More Lines from Chuang Tzu.” The compositions are also indebted to Bartlett’s tutelage, in the late 60s, at Mills College; and under giants like Pauline Oliveros, John Cage, David Tudor, Pandit Pran Nath and K.R.T. Wasitidipuro; as well as most obviously his close collaborations with Don Buchla on synthesiser design and performances.
He founded the Vancouver Community Gamelan ensemble in 1986, after studying shadow theatre in Burma, Thailand and Indonesia; and Western Front cultural cooperative in 1973, which still exists today. He died of complications resulting from AIDS on August 22, 1993; not long after his opus Pythagoras’ Ghost was finished. Stumble lovingly into his catalogue and commune with the spirit of this magical man.