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Martyn Ware (born 19 May 1956 in Sheffieldmarker, Englandmarker) is a British musician and music producer. As a founder member of both The Human League and Heaven 17, he was partly responsible for hit records such as "Being Boiled" and "Temptation". He has also worked as a record producer, notably helping to revitalise Tina Turner's career in 1983 with "Let's Stay Together" and producing Erasure's I Say I Say I Say album in 1994.

More recently, he has collaborated with Vince Clarke (as The Clarke & Ware Experiment) on two music projects; the Pretentious album (1999), and Spectrum Pursuit Vehicle (2001). He has also contributed programmes to internet radio stations.

Ware created a 3D surround sound auditorium for the National Centre for Popular Musicmarker in Sheffield - a museum of contemporary music and culture, launched with £15 million of National Lottery money, which opened in March 1999 and closed in July 2000. BBC News described the centre as having been "shunned" by visitors, and, despite a £2 million relaunch, the Centre closed. Despite this, Ware later used the surround sound technology to launch an Arts Council subsidised touring project called "The Future of Sound".

Born in 1956 in Sheffield, UK. After leaving school worked in computers for 3 years, in 1978 formed The Human League.

Formed production company/label British Electric Foundation in 1980 and formed Heaven 17 the same year.

Martyn has written, performed and produced two Human League, two BEF and nine Heaven 17 albums.

As record producer and artist has featured on recordings totaling over 50 million sales worldwide - producing Tina Turner, Terence Trent D’Arby, Chaka Khan, Erasure, Marc Almond and Mavis Staples, etc. Etc.

Founded Illustrious Co. Ltd. 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.

Clients include: BP, Ogilvy, The British Council, The Science Museum, The Royal Ballet, Amnesty International, The V&A Museum, Mute Records, BBC TV, the Royal Observatory Greenwich, BAFTA , Museum Of London. Tate Britain, Red Bull Music Academy, City Of Westminster Council, etc. etc.

Martyn produces and presents a series of events entitled ‘Future Of Sound’ (20 so far) in UK and around the world and has created sonic architectural works at the British Pavilion at the Venice Architectural Biennale in 2006 amongst many others.

Martyn is also…

• Visiting Professor at C4DM at Queen Mary College, University of London, a• Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts• Visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art• Visiting lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Design• Founding member of the LA-based international think-tank group Matter• Fellow of the Academy of Urbanism• Founder member of 5D (a US based organization promoting future development of immersive design).• Member of the Writer’s Guild of America• Member of the advisory board for the De Montfort University ‘DMU Creative’ record label/internet radio project• Member of the advisory board for Queen Mary College, University of London, Doctoral Training Centre in Digital Music & Media for the Creative Economy

He also lectures extensively on music production, technology, and creativity at universities and colleges across the world and he is Head of Sonic Experience and co-founder of the world-leading sound-branding agency - SonicID.

Personal life

Ware was born and grew up in Sheffield, where he attended King Edward VII Schoolmarker. He now lives in Primrose Hill in London with his wife Landsley, and has two children; Elena and Gabriel.

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