News 2017

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posted 27/6/2017

Martyn is proud to announce that he has been appointed Practitioner In Residence at Central Saint Martins, University Of The Arts, London.

He is looking forward to creating new projects with CSM, in particular a collaborative 3D soundscape project in Shanghai in September - more details to be announced soon.

I Am An Insect - Bushey Norwood
posted 23/6/2017

Illustrious will be participating in the Forest Of Imagination in Bath at Bushey Norword this year

Gabriel Ware has composed a beautiful immersive orchestral 3D soundscape, featuring sounds of insects drifting around an beautiful ancient woodland glen.

Also children (and adults) can participate by wearing specially created 'insect hats' which will each have a unique insect sound of their own...

For the first time, imagine seeing and feeling the world from an insect's point of view!


On 29 June – 2 July 2017 Forest of Imagination will take root in Bath for its fourth year. 

Last year we transformed the spaces around and inside Bath Abbey into a fantastical new world and welcomed over 10,000 visitors!

This year we are creatively linking the urban edge of Bath to the prehistoric National Trust meadow of Bushey Norwood.

posted 6/3/2017




Our lighting team has launched ‘Community of Artists’ an online gallery that showcases several of the artists with whom we share a special relationship.


Head of lighting Mark Ridler said: “It has been our privilege and pleasure to support a number of artists throughout our many years of practice. Art is becoming increasingly central to our work so partly in recognition and celebration, but also to provide a service to our clients, we have developed our Community of Artists.”


Following years creating electronic music with Heaven 17 and the Human League, Illustrious use 3D sound compositions to create 3D atmospheres and immersive experiences in the urban realm, collaborating with lighting designers, digital and fine artists, world heritage sites, museums, exhibitions, live events, dance, theatre, technology developers, research and education.


Video remix with original Martyn Ware composition
posted 15/2/2017

Martyn Ware, founder of Human League, Heaven 17, legendary producer of Tina Turner and Erasure, Multimedia artist, 3D soundscapist and professor has teamed up with Eclectic Method to remix Dr. Strangelove. With relations between East and West at such an ambiguous point and the Doomsday Clock closer to midnight then it's been since the Cuban Missile Crisis what better time to revisit the Stanley Kubrick Classic. "You can't fight in here this is war room"



"don't worry about this quote"

invitations for collborators, venues and funders
posted 6/2/2017

Power Project


Martyn Ware/Tracey Moberly/Sarah Hopkins


Martyn Ware, Tracey Moberly and Sarah Hopkins have begun a multi-disciplinary and cross platform collaboration based on Power and Industry. The project aims to examine these themes using synaesthetic imagery, creating an immersive and multisensory experience for the viewer.

United in their passion for creativity in all its forms and with a fascination for industrial architecture and processes, the artists discovered a closer bond. As they shared and developed their practices, they discovered that their fathers had all had life-long careers in UK steel industry. The Power Project is therefore a very poignant gesture towards the industry that unfolded and became so important in their lives from a young age. The scale and all-encompassing nature of the steel industry will be accentuated further by the interaction between the exhibition and the viewer, and the ways in which people behave in the creative space.

An in-depth guided tour of Tata steelworks in Port Talbot and Forgemasters in Sheffield highlighted and further extended the wealth of collaborative possibilities. It also outlined the planning for potential touring exhibition.

The work has so far manifested itself in a series of collagraphs and limited edition screenprints, photography, film and an immersive sonic steelworks created at Martyn’s London studio, featuring his company Illustrious’ bespoke 3D sound technology called 3DAudioScape.

Work is scheduled to begin on a series of four giant textile hangings informed by an in-depth socio-political history of the areas, in part influenced by the tradition of trade union banners.