Martin of Frantzius first studied violin with Christiane Edinger at Musikhochschule Lübeck, before he began his studies in composition at Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg with Peter Michael Hamel (acoustic composition) and Georg Hajdu (live electronics). Further study visits took him to Prague and Lyon, where he worked with Marek Kopelent and Robert Pascal.

In his music he likes to play with complex harmonies and the influence of experimental pop music. This can be heard in his music theatre „Orangen“ (premiered 2008 in the course of Munich Biennale) or in his ensemble piece „nowhere“ (2009 – commissioned by Summeracademy Opus XXI, premiered at festival „Musica“ in Strasbourg).

In his solo performances (eg 2011/12 at “Dimanche Rouge”, Paris) he explores possibilities of interaction between man, instrument and computer, opening up new sound spaces. Thereby the computer becomes his second instrument, that is able to react even on external factors, such as body movement.

In addition to composition and performance, interactive installations form a further part of his work. So, for example in his work “Sonnenfalle” (sun trap) 2004, a photovoltaic system controlled in response to the weather a collage of sound and moving image.
His latest installation, “Archives Vivantes” was created in 2012 for the exhibition “Archives – Un inventaire sans fin” on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Goethe Institut Paris (also presented at “Nuit Blanche” 2012, Paris). It allows visitors to interact through movement with language, sound, light and video.

2011 Martin v. Frantzius spent half a year as a fellow of Hamburg Department of Culture and the federal government (BKM, Beauftragte für Kultur und Medien) at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris.

Since 2013 he forms a duo called “dockside experience” together with the in Hamburg resident percussionist Stefan Weinzierl. The duo established a small series of events for experimental music at “Messmer Momentum”, Hamburg.
One of the pieces presented there, “marimba sidetracks” was composed for Stefan Weinzierl and first premiered at “Greatest Hits” festival Hamburg in fall 2013. In this piece the live-electronics act as a kind of second player and therefore play a very important role.

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