Electronic Press Kit for Franck Martin
Born and raised in France, a 20-year resident of Fiji and traveller to all the Pacific Islands, Franck Martin is now based out of San Francisco. His musical journey encompasses this multicultural experience.
His search for sounds, emotions, going outside the rules, led him to experiment with micro-tones and quadraphonic music using either his modular synthesizer or producing music in 5.1 surround sound or ambisonic.
Franck Martin performs long sets, 15-30mn or more of live music on his modular synthesizers. He produces electronic music, organizes and promotes well attended events and concerts, and streams live.
Contact/bookings: franck at peachymango.org
- "It is like a nouveau art film when people are expecting Disney" - Justin Anderson
- "I make noise, some people are nice to me and call it music" - Franck Martin
- "In what key is this? The key to open your mind" - Franck Martin
Music Links and Social
"Franck Martin's innovative entry video was filmed near the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco using a 360 camera (view this video on YouTube for the full effect). His choice of instrument is just as creative: a portable modular synth. The sounds of the water crashing on the shore add to the improvisational nature of Martin's piece. Just like the tourists walking by in the video, we were stopped in our tracks watching this entry." - Clara Maurer - NPR
"After listening to Franck’s new album Symphoney, I really understood what he is trying to do with his music. It really took me out of this world. Each song, or part in this album’s case, really takes you to a different realm which is a super powerful thing for music to do. Avant-garde music has always been so interesting and powerful to me, I think some of these tracks would be great in a movie or visual art piece. Franck’s style of music has really shown me how avant-garde music can be extraordinary" - Balanced Breakfast
"I can hear a tinge of the early Tangerine Dream albums Alpha Centauri and Zeit lurking in the midst of Martin’s six part Symphoney piece. For those who have attended noise symposiums, this work would be well received by their fans. The dissonance and order are diametric opposites that expand the aural experience to the point where the spatial placement aids in anchoring the pieces." - Wesley Derbyshire - Hi-Res Edition
"Franck Martin has entered the Tiny Desk Contest multiple times, but I still remember his 2019 entry: a mobile, modular synth unit filmed near the Golden Gate bridge with a 360-degree camera! This one's no less scenic, but stable, as Martin's mix of Buchla and Moog synths soundtrack the mountainous Pacifica skyline with headphone-panning dark ambient." - Lars Gotrich - NPR
"Listeners have been placed into a very unique soundscape that one could classify as truly weird or even consider it a movie soundtrack. Regardless of how one classifies Passages, it goes far beyond the realm that we live in, creating an aural journey unlike any other listeners have probably heard." - Wesley Derbyshire - Hi-Res Edition about Passages
"Franck Martin’s latest release “Passages” immediately reminds me of the sound design from the first 10 minutes of the 1985 cult film and animated cinematic masterpiece “Night On the Galactic Railroad.” Similarly metaphysical in nature, in sound and in feel, to me, Franck Martin’s album is the distorted sister of Haroumi Hosono’s haunting soundtrack. " - Elise Mills - Fault Radio about Passages
"The production and audio effects are well done, carefully placed, and presented with clever nuance. The careful use of panning, ping-pong effects, and surround sound elements allow the listener to get pulled into the three-dimensional musical landscape. Not only is the darkness envisioned, but it is felt on a more visceral level. " - Rob Benny - On The Fringes of Sound about Passages
"The title How Dare You! is taken from the text of the famous Greta Thunberg speech at the United Nations, and the whole album uses snippets of the speech, read by Martin’s wife, Jasmine Ali. It’s an intensely moody sonic journey, Martin’s powerful personal and artistic statement against climate inaction and disaster, that fits in with his work overall which often addresses social issues." - Marke B. - 48Hills
"Last year, we wrote about Franck Martin, a local modular synthesizer wizard who hosts a monthly electronic music showcase at Noisebridge in the Mission every fourth Thursday. He’ll be at Gray Area on January 14 with his Modular California Vibes project, which includes Joachim Garraud (a famous French Touch DJ and producer for David Guetta and Jean Michel Jarre), Trovarsi (co-founder of Socal Synth Society), and Hugo Paris (Creator of the 4ms SWM module.) [..] The idea behind Modular California Vibes was to arrange commutable synthesizer music with a link to nature. “Joachim has a mobile studio powered by the sun called LAGoodVibe,” continued Martin. “We took it to the desert to be amongst ourselves and nature. We tried to be carbon neutral as much as possible, respect the environment and put all this vibe into the music that we created from just being there with friends in four different locations. We recorded our adventures as a documentary to share it with people.”" -
John-Paul Shiver - 48Hills