Québecois-Californian composer and sound artist Éric Marty works in interactive audio, mixed music and hybrid forms. His honours include the Canada Council for the Arts' Stauffer Prize, the ALEA III International Composition Prize, top honours from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, SOCAN (Canada), and ASCAP (USA), and fellowships at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart and the Fondation Camargo near Marseilles.
His work has been exhibited and performed at the World Music Days (Zagreb), The Ojai Music Festival, Flux Night (Atlanta), the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, the Akademie Schloss Solitude, the Klangraum Festival (Stuttgart), the International Digital Media and Arts Association Conference (Ohio), the Cape Town Philharmonic International Summer Music Festival and WAKS Classical New Music Festival in South Africa, the Festspiele Europäische Wochen Passau, the Schlossfestspiele Ludwigsburg, and the MANCA Festival in Nice. Marty was one of 125 international composers invited to commemorate the 100th birthday of John Cage in the finale of the year-long Cage100 Festival (Leipzig and New York).
Reviewers have called Marty's music surrealistic, exotic, quirky, and deliciously unstable. Drawing on cognition and natural systems, he creates surreal environments populated by sonic organisms with lifelike behaviours. His work explores the hybridization of soundscapes and the transubstantiation of architecture.
Marty is co-founder of the Slingshot Festival of Music, Electronic Arts and Technology, which he co-directs and curates. He is also founder and artistic director of Otherpole, a creative research collective working at the intersection of visual art, sound and technology.
Marty studied at l'Université de Montréal, McGill University, and the University of California at Berkeley. Marty is a Fellow of the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts at the University of Georgia, where he teaches interactive art, sound art, and other interdisciplinary topics. He previously was Collegiate Professor of Acoustics at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Lecturer in Music at the University of California at Berkeley. Recordings: CRS, Merz/Solitude, Edel Classics (forthcoming).