A film from another time. A very well executed bio-documentary about a man whose vision and creativity matched his extremely interesting personal life and work. Filled with experimental images captured in film, it manages to create the perfect atmosphere (and temporality) to perfectly commune with the music created by Bartlett and his instrument/machine.
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Reminded me of 15 corners of the world, which I saw here on Mubi, too. Interesting, I guess the guy was some kind of genius. And I loved his writing style. My only doubt is about the images, that often seemed pretty random to me, and made the movie feel less like cinema and more like an audiolog-with-cool-shots. Maybe I wish it was more about the music itself. Anyway a solid documentary, could have lasted more.
Wondeful portrait of a radical musician. A deep insight into sounds, forms, cultures, and emotions. However, this is not formalist at all. The beauty of math under the form of sound takes place in the context of society, it is created by an artist. It is all in this documentary, capitalism, market, sexuality, politics.
I could've watched that all night. A visual treat; some of the best video essay type work I've seen. That + Bartlett's brilliant black box compositions/interactions (via its Deleuzian "topography of uncertainties") & I easily got through his annoying chant-lectures & past the drippy-voiced narrator of initially-insipid letters, and into what turned out to be a pretty compelling bio. Hope he got that professorship!
You know you're far gone in cinephilia when you feel like this should be the default approach to biographical documentaries. Time, memory, and words all seem to skip along musical stones, and the whole thing is so thoughtfully wrapped up in its chosen aesthetic. Makes me want to see more of Luke Fowler's stuff. Makes me want to make music again.
Movies about music usually spend too much time either talking about the composer or the notes. Fowler avoids both problems by finding the space where musicking happens, in the mysterious space where creativity, opportunity, experience, existence, eroticism, and dream manifest in sound.
There's an interesting story here that unfortunately gets lost in the technique. We see masses of letters, correspondences, and notebooks, we see personal photos, interviews, lectures and performances, and we hear the music...but I do not come away believing I know any more about the man or his music then when I went in.
Right from the beginning I was already curious about what was going on in the film. I find films with avant-garde elements so interesting because they are so creative and different compared to your usual film. I didn't like some of the background sounds like the one note getting louder but I did like when it was a combination of different sounds at once. I also enjoyed the shots of the printed out photographs.
Intriguing documentary - instead of typical narration plus footage or interviews, what we get here reminds me of a collage of memories, fragments of the lost moments of someone's life (Martin Bartlett's life that is). Perhaps, this this is the natural way to remember an artist, a free spirit. Unique experience, definitely not in-your-face, requiring an open mind and a bit nostalgic in its core.
It seems like Bartlett tried (in part) to create audio performance systems in which computers could make choices and respond to external stimula, and thus be programmed but non-linear. Not sure if Fowler was attempting something along those lines with the non-narrative structure and manipulated images. Watching it felt like wandering but not discovering anything in particular - still a fine way to spend some time.
Personally, Avant-Garde films are not my favorite genre of films. Main reason being that theyre not informative or structured kind of almost like watching a music video. However, this film was well thought out. I felt the passion and thought put into this film, the organization was good; felt as if i was listening to a story. One thing that stuck out to me is the diagetic narration, an important element of Avant film