Martin Parker is a composing and improvising sonic artist whose work ranges from theater music and film to sound installations, instrumental works and site-specific performance. His music making concentrates on the intersection between improvisatory and compositional structures.
Parker's compositions have been performed by some of the world's finest experimental performers, the Athelas Sinfonietta, and New Noise London. He has done collaborative work with Evan Parker, Theatre Cryptic, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Music at the Brewhouse, and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. In 2009, he began working with locative media and developed a series of works for headphones and special sites around the East Neuk in Fife, Scotland.
In 2010, Parker composed Songs for an Airless Room, which toured the U.K. and focused on the isolation caused by computer addiction. His 2011 audiovisual piece, ManHigh, written in collaboration with composer Stephen Deazley and artist Andy McGregor, incorporated footage from Joseph Kittinger's epic 1960 leap from space and blended electronic and instrumental music around a real-time visual remix.
Current projects range from a multi-speaker protest dedicated to the band Pussy Riot, the completion of recordings of configurable improvisation called GruntCount, and the beginnings of a new opera for cinema called Mezzanine.
Parker is a senior lecturer and program director of the MSc Sound Design at the University of Edinburgh, and is the artistic director of the Dialogues Experimental Music Festival. He has a PhD in composition and is a member of improvisation ensemble Lapslap.