Charles Martin is a specialist in percussion, computer music and interactive media currently based in Piteå, Sweden. His music explores formal structures from computing and logic situated in the context of percussive gesture and timbre. He links percussion with electroacoustic music and other media through new interactive technologies.
His percussive, electroacoustic, and multimedia works, described as “a thing of rare beauty” by David Zampatti for The West Australian, have been featured throughout Australia, in Sweden and the USA. Recent works include: Vital LMTD for The Street Theatre, Canberra’s Made In Canberra Season and Newcastle’s This Is Not Art festival, “The Last Man to Die” at The Brisbane Festival’s Under The Radar Season and The Blue Room Theatre, Perth, Strike on Stage with Chi-Hsia Lai, at New Interfaces for Musical Expression, Sydney and the Australasian Computer Music Conference, Canberra and a number of new works for percussion performed with Ensemble Evolution at the Piteå Percussion Repertoire Festival and in Stockholm, Sweden.
Charles believes strongly in the value of cross-artform collaboration for engaging new audiences with percussion, music, and other arts. In the spirit of hacker culture, he endeavours to “release early, release often”, prototyping his works through rapid performance and revision. He is available as a sound artist and performer for musical, theatrical and gallery-based projects and also as a consultant on interactive technologies in performance.