Martin Keary
Composer - Visual Designer

Martin Keary:Strengths and Weaknesses of Sonification

with Scot Gresham-Lancaster / 12 April 2017 / 42:28

Martin came to my attention when I ran across this well produced and thought provoking YouTube video on Sonification. This is one of many excellent videos he has produced and distributed on YouTube, but this one was so germane to the topic of this channel that I had to give him a ring. In doing some research on him, I discovered that he is, himself, a very talented composer, which for me gives him some basis for his well founded criticisms of many “sonifications” out there. We had an freewheeling conversation that I hope you find interesting.

I refer but do not name the Temporal Semiotic Units developed at the Laboratoire Musique et Informatique de Marseille. This work may be of interest to some as well

Bio:Martin Keary is a composer and visual artist based in London. He studied a masters degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under Gordon McPherson, nishing in June 2016. He currently runs a music YouTube channel called ‘Tantacrul’ which has almost 200,000 subscribers and regularly takes part in music collaborations with other well known YouTubers, most notably on the the popular ‘5 composers, 1 Theme’ series. In addition to ‘regular’ composition, he has an interest in combining his visual and musical backgrounds. His large scale work, ‘NEW’, (for amplied chamber orchestra and screen) was performed during the 2016 PLUG festival in Glasgow. For this piece, he won the Craig Armstrong Prize and Patrons Fund Prize (Royal College of Music). He has had his visual music works performed at various conferences and exhibitions around the UK, including 'Seeing Sound' (2016, 2017, Bath Spa University) and 'SOUND/IMAGE' (2015, 2018, University of Greenwich). Other Awards include the West Cork Music Festival First Prize for his string quartet ‘Bangalorean Civic Duty’ in 2017 and the Claxica International prize for his piece 'Herostratic' (guitar and string trio) in 2015. As of November 2019, Martin is the Head of Design for the popular composition software, MuseScore.
(visual music work)
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