martin friedel composer

sonic art

Like many composers, I'm fascinated and mystified by our sonic world, of which music is such a small part.

Composing for the theatre,  I combined sounds with music and other elements of performance to define a dramatic moment or create an atmosphere.

In my film scores I collaborated with others to create sound sound tracks from music, effects and dialogue. Working on natural history documentaries at the BBC and with gifted sound designers such as the late Craig Carter I became aware of the different realities of sonic landscapes.

In compositions such as Dance of the Bee (2015), I  included the sound world of bees into choral and instrumental structures.

Taking  a perspective less centered on  humans, my sonic art explores the 'sounding world' through a combination of human, non-human living,  and and the sounds of the environment; elemental and  mechanical. I include music- to help remind us of who we are and where we are.

As the 2020 COVID-19 restrictions confine me to a 5km radius of my home,  this restricted space is where I explore two different urban environments though sound; Sounding Royal Park 2020 (supported by the City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants) and Sounding the City 2020 (supported by Creative Victoria - Sustaining Creative Workers)