Luke Martin is an experimental composer, performer, writer, and poet. His work focuses on silence, blandness and boredom, radical contingency, imaginaries, and social sculpture and has specific emphasis on experimentally re-evaluating everyday processes. He approaches music as something that does not primarily have to do with sound or intentionality. Instead, his fundamental concern is the situation itself, its politics, social processes, and contingencies, especially those operating at thresholds of perception. In other words, how are we relating to one another, making decisions, and understanding our existence-alongside/within/through the world? For example, how are we understanding, critiquing, and acting beyond the mental, physical, and relational controls of capital? He is particularly interested in activities—a move past Art/Music/'X' to perhaps stumble upon them again in a conspiratorial, ante-disciplinary way. Grounding much of this is Quentin Meillassoux’s writing on absolute contingency, John Holloway's writings on and against capitalism, Deleuze & Guattari's vast conceptual apparati, and collaborations with artists often associated with the Wandelweiser Group.
Some major influences include: Samuel Beckett, John Cage, Joseph Beuys, John Holloway, Deleuze & Guattari, Quentin Meillassoux, Jane Bennett, Fred Moten, Allan Kaprow, Nina Power, Wandelweiser Group, and Situationist International. Luke has performed with the groups (on guitar, no-input mixer, electronics): Ordinary Affects, DogStar Orchestra, Variant State, Readers Chorus, Grizzlr, and Sinecure. Luke has worked and/or performed with artists including: Aaron Foster Breilyn, Amnon Wolman, Christian Wolff, Eva-Maria Houben, Jennie Gottschalk, Joachim Eckl, James P. Falzone, Jürg Frey, Michael Pisaro, Morgan Evans-Weiler, Ryoko Akama, and Sara Roberts. In addition to composing, he enjoys and finds great potential in teaching - he is currently an Adjunct Faculty and Writing Tutor at Massasoit Community College.
Luke co-directs, with Aaron Foster Breilyn, an annual 10-day experimental music festival in Boston (in collaboration with Non-Event and Washington Street Art Center), the co-incidence festival. He also produces vespers, a series of experimental music in Somerville. Some recent projects include a series of pieces entitled practices in the imaginary, with the first iteration ('reading') happening in September 2018 in collaboration with Fujiko Nakaya's fog sculptures and Aaron Foster Breilyn, as well as work on a paper 'Beyond Silence' and performances of new pieces written for Ordinary Affects by (and with) Christian Wolff and Eva-Maria Houben.
Luke has an M.F.A. in music composition from California Institute of the Arts, where he studied with Michael Pisaro, and a B.A. in English and Music from Colby College.