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Martin Archer

Primary Instrument: Electronics

Born: March 9, 1957    

Martin Archer -
Sopranino, alto and baritone saxophones, bass clarinet, bass recorder, violectronics, keyboards, software instruments

Since his move in the early 1990s from free jazz saxophonist to studio based electronics composer, Archer has produced a series of highly acclaimed CDs which combine electronics-based structures with written and improvised parts for brass, woodwind, strings and voices. Elements from jazz, free improvisation, contemporary classical music, electronica, and cutting edge rock music are all present within his work.

Archer's concerts, in which he plays woodwind plus electronics, feature a mix of improvised and composed elements, and will typically use raw material from various studio recordings recombined and reprocessed in real time using laptop technology. ...
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    Blue Meat, Black Diesel & Engine Room Favourites

    Discus-Music
    2013
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    Ghosts Of Gold

    Discus-Music
    2009
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    In Stereo Gravity

    Artists Own
    2008
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    Heritage And Ringtones

    Artists Own
    2004
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    English Commonflowers

    Artists Own
    2003
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    Fluvium

    Artists Own
    2002
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    Angel High Wires

    Linn Records
    2001
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“Bright eyed and cleverer than 1000 contemporary musicians” - Ben Watson

“Martin was a man at one with the performance, engaging with the laptop like a genuine instrument. Elements of his show were challenging, consciousness shifting, peaceful and reassuring, thoroughly confident with his avant-garde originality.” - Freenoise

It takes nothing away from Martin Archer, a composer I admire greatly, if I suggest that Tippetts is the inspiration behind this record. And yet, it would be a lesser achievement without him. Archer is a collagist of rare skill...

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