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Charles Martin

Charles Martin - Alternate Mode Artist

Charles Martin is a specialist in percussion and computer music from Canberra, Australia. He holds masters degrees in music from the Australian National University and Luleå Technical University in Northern Sweden. He is a co-founder of Ensemble Evolution, an international percussion trio, with whom he has performed throughout Europe, the USA and Australia and has toured Australia with his cross-artform group, Last Man to Die.


His percussive, electro-acoustic, 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, "Sounds for the Treetops", performed with Ensemble Evolution at the Treehotel in Harads, Sweden, and his newest album release "Nordlig Vinter" a suite of works for percussion and iOS devices.


Charles enjoys creating new sounds for his Kat instruments in MainStage and Ableton Live as well as developing custom MIDI-connected apps for iPads and iPhones. He can often be found rolling his malletKat express in its Pelican case around Australia with a backpack full of iPads.