Martin Keary


Sound & Data art

Martin Keary is a composer and visual artist based in London. “Apart from publishing work on musical topics, I write music for live ensembles, video games and film. My alma mater is the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where I completed an MMUS in composition under Gordon McPherson and Rory Boyle.”

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. Here is a pointer to a piece of his that might interest some listeners.

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.