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Pilgrimage to solitude : landscapes of Glenn Gould

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posted on 22.05.2021, 13:24 by Mark Laurie
Pilgrimage to Solitude is a documentary film that explores the geographical places of significance from the life of the late Canadian pianist, composer, and writer, Glenn Gould. In Pilgrimage, the camera documents a number of the physical spaces that feature prominently in Gould's biography, while the soundtrack deploys a sonic technique pioneered by Gould himself in his influential series of sound documentaries: the formal treatment of layered voices which he called "contrapuntal radio." This MFA project paper contextualizes the film within the broader Gould discourse; examines the film's methods, style, and structure; theorizes the accessing of memory in an important photographic antecedent to this work; and explores aspects of the landscape tradition in the Canadian experimental documentary.





Master of Fine Arts


Documentary Media

Granting Institution

Ryerson University

LAC Thesis Type


Thesis Advisor

Gerda Cammaer Don Snyder