Martyn Ware has been at the forefront of the British synth-pop scene since its inception, founding the hugely influential Human League with Phil Oakey and Ian Craig Marsh. Martyn and Ian went on to establish the British Electric Foundation from which Heaven 17 emerged, along with work as a producer for the likes of Tina Turner and Terence Trent D’Arby.
Martyn has since ventured into the world of immersive audio through his collaborations with Vince Clarke and this year released his autobiography, entitled Electronically Yours Vol.1.
00:00 - Introduction
01:44 - Why Write Your Autobiography Now?
02:13 - Sheffield
06:44 - Why Electronic Music?
09:57 - The Ware Ancestry
12:00 - Politics, Football And Dancing
19:51 - Ripping Up The Rule Book
21:35 - The Split!
29:34 - British Electric Foundation
30:31 - Heaven 17
33:15 - Sananda And The Introduction To The Hardline...
37:01 - Is There A Volume 2 To Look Forward To?
Martyn Ware - Biog
In his long and illustrious career, Martyn has been part of the Human League, British Electric Foundation and Heaven 17. As a record producer and artist Martyn has featured on recordings totalling over 50 million sales worldwide, producing amongst others Tina Turner, Sananda Maitreya (formerly known as Terence Trent D’Arby), Chaka Khan, Erasure, Marc Almond and Mavis Staples.
He founded Illustrious Company with Vince Clarke in 2001 to exploit the creative and commercial possibilities of their unique three-dimensional sound technology, in collaboration with fine artists, the performing arts and corporate clients around the world. He is a Principal at Tileyard Education and a Board Member at The Ivors Academy.
Interviewer: Rob Puricelli - Biog
Rob Puricelli is a Music Technologist and Instructional Designer who has a healthy obsession with classic synthesizers and their history. In conjunction with former Fairlight Studio Manager, Peter Wielk, he fixes and restores Fairlight CMI’s so that they can enjoy prolonged and productive lives with new owners. He also writes reviews and articles for Sound On Sound, his own website, Failed Muso, and other music-related publications, as well as hosting a weekly livestream on YouTube for the Pro Synth Network and guesting on numerous music technology podcasts and shows. Rob also works alongside a number of manufacturers, demonstrating their products and lecturing about music technology at various educational and vocational establishments.
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