Martin Back is a sound/media artist, musician/composer and sonic provocateur living and working in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. He studied film and video at the College of Santa under the tutelage of pioneering media theorist Gene Youngblood and media artist David Stout. He has studied experimental composition and sound art privately with composer David Dunn. Martin’s work is multiplicitous and makes use of drone, graphic and text scores, digital computers and software, custom analog electronics, field recordings, noise, custom instruments, and site specific performance. He performs often in various ensembles in New Mexico, including the Ancestral Groan Liberation Orchestra; the Soundpainting Orchestra of New Mexico; and The Transducers.
‘Cold Front’ is a work for aeolian guitar and drums. Four tracks of wind-powered drum and guitar were recorded and edited together without any manipulation other than editorial selections of pacing and time.
‘Seedlings’ explores heterosexual sex in metaphor of struggle, unity, opposition. Small timbre-particles of a one hour recording of sexual intercourse were processed using phase vocoding techniques and then edited together.
‘Paper Bag Piece’ is….a paper bag.
‘Study for Diaphonous Transforms……’ uses a single recording of my parakeets to further generate new timbres and accompaniments. This work is a sketch for a forthcoming 8 channel diffusion work.