AEONS: A SOUND WALK ALONG THE RIVER TYNE FOR THE GREAT EXHIBITION OF THE NORTH

30th April 2018

Aeons, a new sound walk commissioned by Opera North, will take audiences on a musical journey along the banks of the Tyne and back through the ages in the centre of Newcastle this summer as part of the Great Exhibition of the North 2018. Free tickets are available to book from today. The work of Martin Green of the visionary folk trio Lau, featuring the vocals of Ryton’s own Becky Unthank (The Unthanks), Mogwai’s Dominic Aitchison, the massed forces of the Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North and field recordings made along the river, Aeons is an epic, original piece of music designed to be heard through headphones during a half-hour walk along Hadrian’s Wall Path. Aeons is supported by National Lottery players through funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) which is supporting a number of elements of the Great Exhibition of the North 2018. Having collected their headsets at Gateshead Millennium [read on]

personal thoughts on Aeons

23rd March 2018

I am hugely excited by the Aeons project for Great Exhibition Of The North. When Opera North approached me and asked if I was interested in creating a sound and music walk along the Tyne, I said yes please very quickly. The audience wear headphones, of the audio guide sort that you see at museums and the music includes The singing of Becky Unthank (who better to celebrate the North-East) and the dexterous might of the Opera North chorus and orchestra. The sound design has been pain-stakingly made in true binaural form using environmental sound from along the River Tyne. As a composer, I’ve never had this degree of control before over how people actually listen to the music. In concerts the room and the amplification system are different every time, and people sit in different places in the room anyway; and even on record people listen on all sorts of different [read on]

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

9th February 2017

Martin has been nominated for two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017: • Best Album 2017: “Flit” • Best Original Track: “Roll Away” (feat. Adam Holmes) The awards will be held on April 5th at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Find out more here

Guardian pick for Autumn

1st September 2016

The Guardian choose Flit as a highlight for the Autumn in their Culture feature: "It’s part folk-opera, part installation, part gig and part theatre piece." Read more