Tributes-Pulse is an art movie created by the American filmmaker Bill Morrison (b. 1965) and the Danish composer and percussionist Simon Christensen (b. 1971) in close collaboration. Christensen originally conceived of the project as a tribute to four American composers, Charles Ives, Conlon Nancarrow, Steve Reich and Trent Reznor. Christensen explains, “I chose these composers because they have opened my ears to a particular way of dealing with pulse and they have all made music that really matters to me.” According to him, all four of them were pivotal in shaping his own musical aesthetic.
The project is comprised of four movements, respectively corresponding to each composer. The idea of “Pulse” is explored in both the music and the film. Using exquisitely deteriorating nitrate-based archival film, Morrison weaves a story from the remnants of disparate narratives. The four sections correspond visually to the four elements as a frontier for Man - Water, Earth, Fire and Air.