Welcome to PeachyMango, a place where I share my passion for electronic music and immersive sound. I'm Franck Martin, a musician and composer based in San Francisco.
I've been fascinated by electronic music since I discovered Jean-Michel Jarre in the late 70s. Since then, I've been exploring different genres and styles of music, from ambient to techno, from classical to experimental. I love the creativity and diversity of electronic music, and the endless possibilities it offers.
I started making my own music in 2016, using various tools and techniques such as modular synthesizers, MIDI controllers, software instruments, effects, and recording devices. I also started learning about music production, distribution, promotion, and licensing. I've released several albums and EPs on various platforms such as Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube...
One of the aspects of electronic music that intrigues me is the immersive and spatial sound. I'm interested in how sound can create a 3D audio experience for the listeners, using technologies such as Dolby Atmos, Ambisonics, Binaural Audio, and Spatial Audio. I want to experiment with these technologies and create music that surrounds you and transports you to another dimension.
This is my journey as an electronic musician and sound enthusiast. I hope you enjoy my music and find something that resonates with you. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, feedback, or suggestions. Thank you for visiting PeachyMango.
Franck Martin, born in France, draws his inspiration from the works of Jean-Michel Jarre, Vangelis, Tangerine Dream and also from various artists like Iannis Xenakis and Hughes Le Bars. His first album, released in 2016, is a timid exploration of the tools for Electronic Music Production. Some tracks are influenced by the years he spent in Fiji and in the Pacific Islands and were often composed during his travels. His more recent albums are sonic experiments using an ever evolving modular synthesizer, often recorded in live conditions. Franck Martin continues his exploration in the creation and production of electronic music, whilst meeting other fellow artists from San Francisco and the world
Franck Martin has been postmaster at LinkedIn from 2011 till 2017. He spent nearly 20 years in Fiji where he worked extensively with 20 or so Pacific Islands countries. He was trustee at the Internet Society 2006-2009, and a members of the Pacific Islands and San Francisco chapters. He has deployed a few ISPs in Tuvalu, Fiji and Samoa as well as established two ccTLDs dot KI (Kiribati) and dot NR (Nauru). He has worked on the DMARC.org specification, deployed it at LinkedIn and he is promoting email authentication technologies and policies. He is currently working towards building an IPv6-only data center at LinkedIn.
The longer story
I grew up listening to Jean Michel Jarre's "Oxygene" on vinyl in the '80s. It was the first electronic music album I ever heard, and it blew my mind. I became a fan of Jarre, Vangelis, Tangerine Dream, and other pioneers of electronic music. I also bought a Korg M1 synthesizer, hoping to create some sounds of my own. But I didn't have much musical training or guidance, so I mostly played some chords and experimented with presets.
I studied Engineering and Computing in Marseille, where I met some people who were doing musical research and experiments. They introduced me to some avant-garde composers like Iannis Xenakis and Hughes Le Bars, who used mathematical models and algorithms to create music. They also showed me some musical illusions, like sounds that seemed to rise or fall endlessly in pitch.
Music was always a source of inspiration and focus for me, especially when I was working on complex problems or projects. I listened to all kinds of music genres, but electronic music had a special appeal for me. It was creative, diverse, and futuristic.
I moved to Fiji in the mid-90s, where I worked on Internet development and empowerment in various Pacific Island countries. I traveled to places like Tuvalu, Kiribati, Tonga, Palau, Solomon Islands, Niue, and many others. I learned about their cultures, their music, their dances, their stories. I have many anecdotes — like spending an afternoon at the home of New Zealand artist Mark Cross in Niue. I also met many people from the Internet community: IETF, ICANN, ISOC (I was a board member and co-founded several chapters). I met people such as Vint Cerf (co-creator of TCP/IP), Howard Schmidt (White House Cybersecurity Coordinator), Jimmy Rogers (Director of the Pacific Community), and others.
I helped organize Internet conferences, set up ISPs and ccTLDs, and promoted Internet governance and security. I also got involved in the email industry, which led me to join LinkedIn in 2011 as a postmaster. I worked on email authentication technologies and policies, such as DMARC.org. I also worked on building an IPv6-only data center at LinkedIn.
During this time, I also enjoyed some hobbies like kite surfing and photography. But I always had a passion for electronic music in the back of my mind.
A few years ago, I watched a documentary called “I Dream of Wires” , which rekindled my interest in synthesizers and modular systems. I discovered that San Francisco and Berkeley were hotspots of electronic music innovation and experimentation. I found a shop called Robotspeak that sold synthesizers and hosted monthly concerts called Church of the Super Serge. I started going there regularly and meeting amazing people who shared my love for electronic music.
I bought a modular case and started filling it with modules. I also started learning music theory, music production, music business, and music promotion. I used GarageBand and LogicPro to create some tracks and riffs. I also explored different genres and styles of electronic music, from ambient to techno, from classical to experimental.
One of the things that fascinated me was the immersive and spatial sound. I wanted to learn how to use technologies like Dolby Atmos, Ambisonics, Binaural Audio, and Spatial Audio to create a 3D audio experience for the listeners. I wanted to make music that could surround you and transport you to another world.
I decided to release my music online on various platforms like Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube.... I wanted to share my journey as an electronic musician and sound enthusiast with the world. I wanted to learn from feedback and improve along the way. I wanted to have fun and express myself through sound.
This is my story so far. I hope you enjoy my music and find something that resonates with you. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, feedback, or suggestions. Thank you for visiting PeachyMango.
If you want to say hi, or have a question or want to book me, or anything else:
franck at peachymango.org