born on 19/5/1956 in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Links www.illustriouscompany.co.uk (English)
Martyn Ware (born 19 May 1956) is a British musician and music producer. He is the chairman of a local football team: PPA. As a founder member of both The Human League and Heaven 17, he was partly responsible for hit records such as "Being Boiled" and "Temptation". He has also worked as a record producer, notably helping to revitalise Tina Turner's career in 1983 with "Let's Stay Together" and producing Erasure's I Say I Say I Say album in 1994.
More recently, he has collaborated with Vince Clarke (as The Clarke & Ware Experiment) on two music projects; the Pretentious album (1999), and Spectrum Pursuit Vehicle (2001). He has also contributed programmes to internet radio stations.
He is a Visiting Professor at Queen Mary College, University of London, a member of BAFTA, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a founder of 5D the future of immersive design. He has also received an Honorary Doctorate in Science from University of London.
Surround Sound Technology
Ware created a 3D surround sound auditorium for the National Centre for Popular Music in Sheffield - a museum of contemporary music and culture, launched with £15 million of National Lottery money, which opened in March 1999 and closed in July 2000. BBC News described the centre as having been "shunned" by visitors, and, despite a £2 million relaunch, the Centre closed. Despite this, Ware later used the surround sound technology to launch an Arts Council subsidised touring project called "The Future of Sound".
Wares 3D music has also been used in an unusual noise suppression experiment undertaken in Brighton in 2011 on behalf of the Noise Abatement Society (NAS).
During this experiment, which was an entry for the John Connell Technology Award, a six-point sound field was created using ethereal sound textures. This was played in the main shopping street in the city, West Street, with the intention of distracting people from the traffic noise.
In the meantime, film made of the street during the time the sound was being produced was analysed by the psychobiologist Harry Witchel to assess whether the ambient sound made any difference to their behaviour.
Early results suggested that it did have a beneficial effect for the public both during the day and anecdotal evidence suggested it served as a calming influence during the "clubbers rush" in the evening. Suggestions have been made that the experiment could be rolled out more widely in the future.
He is a Visiting Professor at Queen Mary College, University of London, a member of BAFTA, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a founder of 5D the future of immersive design. He has also just received an Honorary Doctorate in Science from University of London.
He speaks regularly on music policy from the perspective of a creative person. Previous speaking engagements include: 11 February 2011 at the British Library for Copyright for Creativity, a June 2011 dinner at the European Parliament, and events in May 2012 in the Library of the European Parliament.
Ware was born and grew up in Sheffield, where he attended King Edward VII School. A committed champagne socialist, he now lives in Primrose Hill, one of London's most expensive and exclusive residential areas, in London with his wife Landsley, and has two children; Elena and Gabriel.
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- Audio interview with Martyn Ware and Glenn Gregory on the Sodajerker On Songwriting podcast
|Glenn Gregory | Ian Craig Marsh | Martyn Ware|
|Albums Penthouse and Pavement | The Luxury Gap | How Men Are | Pleasure One | Teddy Bear, Duke & Psycho | Bigger Than America | Before After|
|Compilation and live albums Endless | Higher and Higher | The Remix Collection | Executive Summary | Retox/ Detox | How Live Is | Live at Scala, London | Sight & Sound: Greatest Hits|
|Singles (We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang | I'm Your Money | Play To Win | Penthouse and Pavement | At The Height of The Fighting (He La Hu) | Let Me Go | Temptation | Come Live With Me | Crushed By The Wheels of Industry | Sunset Now | This Is Mine | And That's No Lie | Contenders | The Foolish Thing To Do | Trouble | The Ballad of Go Go Brown | Train of Love In Motion | Temptation (Brothers in Rhythm Remix) | (We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang (Rapino Remix) | Penthouse and Pavement (Tommy D's Master Remix) | Designing Heaven | We Blame Love | (With This Ring) Let Me Go | Hands Up To Heaven (DJ mixes)|
|The Human League|
|Philip Oakey · Susan Ann Sulley · Joanne Catherall · David Beevers · Neil Sutton|
|Former members||Ian Craig Marsh · Jo Callis · Ian Burden · Adrian Wright · Martyn Ware · Russell Dennett ·|
|Albums||Reproduction · Travelogue · Dare! · Love and Dancing · Hysteria · Crash · Romantic? · Octopus · Secrets|
|Compilation Albums||Greatest Hits · Soundtrack to a Generation · The Golden Hour of the Future · The Very Best of the Human League|
|Singles||"Being Boiled" · "I Don't Depend on You" · "Empire State Human" · "Only After Dark" · "Boys and Girls" · "The Sound of the Crowd" · "Love Action (I Believe in Love)" · "Open Your Heart" · "Don't You Want Me" · "Mirror Man" · "(Keep Feeling) Fascination" · "The Lebanon" · "Louise" · "Life on Your Own" · "The Sign" · "Human" · "I Need Your Loving" · "Love Is all That Matters" · "Heart Like a Wheel" · "Soundtrack to a Generation" · "Tell Me When" · "One Man in My Heart" · "Filling up with Heaven" · "Stay with Me Tonight" · "All I Ever Wanted" · "Love Me Madly?" · "Things That Dreams Are Made Of"|
|EPs||The Dignity of Labour · Holiday '80 · Fascination! · Dance Like a Star|
|DVDs||The Human League Greatest Hits (VHS) · The Very Best of the Human League (DVD) · The Human League Live at the Dome (DVD)|
|Related articles||Heaven 17 · British Electric Foundation · All Seeing I · Martin Rushent · Jam and Lewis · Giorgio Moroder · Richard X · Fast Records · Synthpop · New Pop · Sheffield · Crazy Daisy Nightclub|
|Other projects||Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder · Together In Electric Dreams|