The Australian National University 2016
Doctor of Philosophy (Computer Science).
Luleå University of Technology 2012
Master of Fine Arts (Musical Performance).
The Australian National University 2009
Master of Music (Percussion and Computer Music).
The Australian National University 2008
Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours (Mathematics,
Percussion Performance, Computer Science).
Canberra Grammar School 2003
Higher School Certificate, UAI: 99.05
Papers in Conference Proceedings
Intelligent agents and networked buttons improve free-improvised
ensemble music-making on touch-screens (C. Martin, H. Gardner, B.
Swift, & M. Martin). In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on
Human Factors in Computing System (CHI) 2016.
Music of 18 performances: Evaluating apps and agents with free
improvisation (C. Martin, H. Gardner, B. Swift, & M. Martin). In
Proceedings of the Australasian Computer Music Conference (ACMC)
Tracking Ensemble Performance on Touch-Screens with Gesture
Classification and Transition Matrices (C. Martin, H. Gardner, & B.
Swift). In Proceedings of the International Conference on New
Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) 2015.
That Syncing Feeling: Networked Strategies for Enabling Ensemble
Creativity in iPad Musicians (C. Martin, H. Gardner). In
Proceedings of CreateWorld 2015.
Exploring Percussive Gesture on iPads with Ensemble Metatone (C.
Martin, H. Gardner, & B. Swift). In Proceedings of the ACM
Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) 2014.
MetaTravels and MetaLonsdale: iPad Apps for Percussive
Improvisation (C. Martin, H. Gardner, & B. Swift). In CHI Extended
Making Improvised Music for iPad and Percussion with Ensemble
Metatone. In Proceedings of the Australasian Computer Music
Conference (ACMC) 2014.
Integrating Mobile Music with Percussion Performance Practice (C.
Martin). In Proceedings of the International Computer Music
Conference (ICMC) 2013.
Performing with a Mobile Computer System for Vibraphone (C.
Martin). In Proceedings of NIME 2013.
Creating Mobile Computer Music for Percussionists: Snow Music (C.
Martin). In Interactive: Proceedings of the Australasian Computer
Music Conference (ACMC) 2012.
Strike on Stage: a Percussion and Media Performance (C. Martin,
& C.-H. Lai). In Proceedings of the International Conference on New
Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) 2011.
Audience Interactive Performance in “The Last Man to Die” (C.
Martin, H. Cormick, & B. Forster). In Engagement: Proceedings of
the Australasian Computer Music Conference (ACMC) 2010.
Cross-Artform Performance using Networked Interfaces: Last Man to
Die’s Vital LMTD (C. Martin, H. Cormick, & B. Forster). In
Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for
Musical Expression (NIME) 2010.
A percussion-focussed approach to preserving touch-screen
improvisation (Charles Martin, Henry Gardner). In D. England, N.
Bryan-Kinns, & T. Schiphorst (Eds.), Curating the Digital: Spaces
for Art and Interaction, Springer Series on Cultural Computing.
Switzerland, Springer International Publishing. 2016.
Pursuing a sonigraphical ideal at the dawn of the NIME epoch. A
commentary on “Sonigraphical Instruments: From FMOL to the
reacTable”. In M. Lyons, & A. R. Jensenius (Eds.), The NIME
Reader, Springer. 2016 (In press).
Apps, Agents, and Improvisation: Ensemble Interaction with
Touch-Screen Digital Musical Instruments. PhD Thesis, The
Australian National University. 2016.
Mobile Computer Music for Percussionists. Master’s Thesis,
Luleå University of Technology. 2012.
Percussion and Computer in Live Performance. Master’s Thesis,
Australian National University. 2009.
Mathematical Foundations of Computer Based Proof Verification.
Honours Thesis, Australian National University. 2008.
2016 Casual Lecturer in Percussion at the ANU School of Music.
2016 Tutor for “Software Construction”, “Introduction to
Computer Systems”, and “Introductory Programming in Java” at the ANU
Department of Computer Science.
2013–2016 Casual Lecturer for “Music and Digital Media” at the
ANU School of Music
2015 Casual Lecturer for “Turning Points in Music History 2: A
Century of Crisis and Change (1900-2013)” at the ANU School of Music
2015 Directed the “Experimental Music Studio Summer Camp” and
“DIY Synth Workshop” at the ANU School of Music
2014–2015 Coordinated “Hour of Code” workshops using the
Processing programming environment at the ANU College of Engineering
and Computer Science
2014 Casual Lecturer and Tutor for “Art and Interaction in New
Media” at the ANU Department of Computer Science
2013–2016 Performance Teaching Fellow in Percussion at the ANU
School of Music.
2012–2014 Co-Director Canberra Grammar School Junior Percussion
2012–2013 Percussion and Drumset Teacher (Burgmann Anglican
2008–2010 Percussion Teacher (Canberra Grammar School)
2007 Tutor for “Mathematics and Applications 1 & 2”, ANU
Mathematical Sciences Institute.
2004–2005 Private Percussion Teacher (Canberra Girls’
Computer Programming and Media
languages Objective C (Apple OS X/iOS), Python (including
Pandas, Numpy, Scikit-learn), openFrameworks, Java, Processing,
Supercollider, Max/MSP, Pd, LaTex, Ruby, R.
web HTML/CSS, LAMP stack, Tornado, Drupal, Squarespace.
audio Logic Studio, Ableton Live, Mainstage, Audacity.
Grants and Awards
ANU Vice Chancellor’s Higher Degree by Research Travel Grant 2014.
(To present at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention)
ANU Supplementary Scholarship 2013.
Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) 2013.
National Science Week Seed Grants 2011 (Last Man to
ArtsACT Out-of-Round Funding 2011. (To attend University of Delaware
Jazz Vibraphone Workshop)
Australia Council for the Arts, New Work - Theatre 2010 (Last Man
Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, National
Enabling Technologies Strategy Funding 2010 (Last Man to
ArtsACT Project Funding 2010 (Last Man to
The Space Program, PACT Centre for Emerging Artists 2010 (Last Man
Open House II: Emerging Artists Residency, Canberra Youth Theatre
2009 (Last Man to Die)
The Street Theatre Made in Canberra Season 2009 (Last Man to
ANU Research School of Information Sciences and Engineering Summer
Selected Audio Releases
2014 Ensemble Metatone. Improvised works from Ensemble
Metatone, a group dedicated to creating experimental works with new
iPad instruments, these works were performed with a new vocabulary
of touch-gestures inspired by their percussive backgrounds.
2013 Nordlig Vinter - Charles Martin. Compositions for
percussion and iOS devices created by Charles Martin while living in
Piteå, near the Arctic circle in northern Sweden. Harshly cut field
recordings reflect the dry, icy environment while minimal jazz
inspired melodies on vibraphone and marimba evoke the quiet beauty
of such a strange place. (Bandcamp
2012 Sounds from the Treetops - Ensemble Evolution. Six works
for percussion trio, voice, and clarinet, composed and performed by
Ensemble Evolution in collaboration with the iconic Treehotel in
Northern Sweden. (Bandcamp
2012 Solstormen - Ensemble Evolution. A suite of mallet trios
by the members of Ensemble Evolution drawing elements from jazz,
minimalism and contemporary classical music. This music recalls the
aurora borealis and the eerie landscape of Northern Sweden.
Selected performances and productions
2016 mar Apocalyptic and Integrated - Andromeda is Coming,
3-hour improvised performance at Art Not Apart, Kendall Lane
2015 nov Andromeda is Coming, Charles Martin and Alexander
Hunter, experimental music performance at ElectroFringe 2015, 107
2014 nov iPads in Percussion Ensemble, seminar at the 2014
Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Indianapolis, USA.
2014 aug Ensemble Metatone at Colour Music, iPad/Percussion
ensemble performance as part of the ANU Drill Hall Gallery’s Colour
2014 may Frost Beat, Frost Ice Bar, Boston, USA. Improvised
performance series with percussion and ice instruments.
2014 mar Loner Series: Ensemble Metatone, You Are Here
Festival, Canberra, Performance of new works for iPad and
2013 nov Ensemble Evolution: Sounds from the Treetops,
ensemble showcase concert at the 2013 Percussive Arts Society
International Convention, Indianapolis, USA.
2012 apr Sikt w/Malin Hülphers, Anders Åstrand,
Sanna Hodell, Fredrik Strid. Stockholm, Sweden. Performing live
electronic sound in Stockholm. (blog
2011 nov Workshop and duo concert, drums + gadgets, with Noah
Demland in Columbus Ohio. Featuring new mobile computer instruments
for iOS devices. (blog
2011 sep Norra Vinter at Electrofringe, duo performance with
Christina Hopgood of new works for percussion and iOS devices.
2011 mar Ensemble
Evolution at Piteå
Percussion Repertoire Festival, Studio Acusticum, Piteå
and Kroumata’s Capitol Theatre, Stockholm. Including ensemble and
solo works by Ensemble Evolution and other emerging composers.
2010 nov Swexican Trio w/Anders Åstrand,
(performing live electronic sound + video), Percussive Arts Society
International Convention, Indianapolis, USA.
2010 feb-oct “THE LAST MAN TO DIE” - Blue Room Theatre, Perth;
Brisbane Festival, Under the Radar programme, Metro Arts, Brisbane;
Street 2, The Street Theatre, Canberra; PACT Centre for Emerging
Artists, Sydney; Belconnen Theatre, Canberra.
2010 jun Strike on Stage: Percussion and Media Performance,
Belconnen Arts Centre, Canberra, New Interfaces for Musical
Expression Conference, ABC Eugene Goosens Hall, Sydney. (blog and
2009 sep-dec Vital LMTD with Last Man to Die cross art-form
group - This Not Art festival, Newcastle, Street 2, The Street
Theatre, Canberra, Canberra Youth Theatre. (blog
2008 sep-nov Cognition Series, with The Hunting Season
cross-artform group - Belconnen Theatre, Street 2, The Street
Theatre, Canberra and La Mama Theatre, Melbourne. (blog