Marty Hicks - Musician in Tokyo

Marty Hicks

I'm a musician in Tokyo, Japan

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To me music isn't just a pleasant rearranging of pitches and intervals - music is the sound that envelopes us, the noise that we make as a byproduct of being a living organism.
The short intake of breath that can be heard before we speak or sing, the sound that we make when our hands make contact with something - I find that there's a musical quality to all of these extraneous noises, and as a composer I like to think of them as having the same beauty as the notes that we can produce from musical instruments.
My primary instrument is the piano, which I've been playing for most of my life, but I'm also interested in the boundary between acoustic and electronic music, and the possibilities of using future technology to retain or compliment the purity of an acoustic instrument.
When people ask me what kind of music I make, I'm often at a loss as to the best way to describe it - but I think these kinds of things are at the heart of the music that I create, and I'm always striving to express them and other parts of myself through my compositions, in the hope that perhaps they can inspire others to appreciate the beauty and uniqueness of the sounds the inhabit the world.

I'm also incredibly passionate about writing - though it's been somewhat overshadowed by the time I've spent making music. I've written articles for en.goodcoffee.me and university newspapers, as well as the odd blog or special interest website here and there.

My Creations

  1. Tokyo's midsummer heat is all-encompassing, and even oppressive when coupled with its masses of people clambering through the streets. Though the sun is often obscured by the city's endless forest of office buildings, its rays are never far away - reflected by glass windows, absorbed by black parasols held by... continue reading (0, 0 images)

  2. This piece was conceived as a respite from the below-zero outside temperatures - an exposed prepared piano is slowly enveloped by warm drones, with the faint echoing of footsteps in the snow, and wind through grasses.