Luke Martin is an experimental composer, performer, writer, and poet. His work focuses on silence, blandness and boredom, radical contingency, imaginaries, and social sculpture, with a 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. One question that has been preoccupying him lately is what a practice of absolute contingency might be (its consequences, politics, ethics).
Grounding much of his work is Quentin Meillassoux’s writing on contingency, John Holloway's writings on and against capitalism, Deleuze & Guattari, and collaborations with artists often associated with the Wandelweiser Group. Other influences include Samuel Beckett, Joseph Beuys, Jane Bennett, Mark Fisher, Nina Power, Fred Moten, and Situationist International.
Luke has performed most recently and frequently with Ordinary Affects (guitar). He has worked with artists including: Aaron Foster Breilyn, Amnon Wolman, Christian Wolff, Eva-Maria Houben, Jennie Gottschalk, Joachim Eckl, James P. Falzone, Jürg Frey, Florian Dombois, Michael Pisaro, Morgan Evans-Weiler, Ryoko Akama, Sara Roberts, and Sarah Pitan. Luke co-directs, with Aaron Foster Breilyn, an annual 10-day experimental music festival in Boston, the co-incidence festival. He also produces vespers, a series of experimental music. Some recent projects include a collection of pieces entitled practices in the imaginary, performances with Christian Wolff, Eva-Maria Houben, & at the Klangraum Festival. He has work released on reading group, elsewhere, Wandelweiser, unfathomless, ftarri, fwd:rcrds, erstwhile (future), rhizome.s (future), and marginal frequency (future).
Luke is starting (fall 2019) a PhD in Comparative Studies in Discourse & Society at University of Minnesota. He has an M.F.A. in music composition from CalArts, where he studied with Michael Pisaro, and a B.A. in English and Music from Colby College.