Major Projects

  • MicroJam (2016-) Exploring Tiny Performances and Prediction with Smartphones at the University of Oslo.
  • Andromeda is Coming (2015-) Improvised music and media duo with Alec Hunter.
  • Metatone (2012-2016) Research project extending ensemble improvisation with new music-making iPad apps, gesture recognition and machine learning.
  • Sticks and Tones (2012-) Mallet percussion duo that perform music from the ragtime era, classic films and video games!
  • Nordlig Vinter (2011-2013) A suite of compositions for percussion and iOS devices created by Charles Martin while living in Piteå, near the Arctic circle in northern Sweden.
  • Ensemble Evolution (2010-) An international ensemble exploring the future of percussion through composition, education and technology.
  • Last Man to Die (2008-2010) Cross-artform group that connect acting, drawing, and percussion through technology in installation/performances.
  • Strike on Stage (2009-2010) Percussion and multimedia performance using computer vision and augmented reality.


Charles Martin is a computer scientist specialising in music technology, creative AI and human-computer interaction at The Australian National University, Canberra. Charles develops musical apps such as MicroJam, and PhaseRings, researches creative AI, and performs music with Ensemble Metatone and Andromeda is Coming. At the ANU, Charles teaches creative computing and leads research into intelligent musical instruments. His lab’s focus is on developing new intelligent instruments, performing new music with them, and bringing them to a broad audience of musicians and performers.

Prior to his present appointment as a Senior Lecturer in ccomputer science at the ANU, Charles was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Oslo’s Robotics and Intelligent Systems research group (2016-2019).

Charles is co-founder of Ensemble Evolution, an international percussion trio that has been featured at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Lithuania’s Procesas music laboratory, and Canberra’s You Are Here festival. The group have released two albums of their own compositions, Sounds from the Treetops and Solstormen Live. Charles also developed interactive soundtracks and media for his cross-artform group Last Man to Die that toured Australia with their performance/installation work in 2010.

In 2012, Charles completed a Master of Music Performance in Percussion at Luleå University of Technology’s School of Music and Media in Piteå, Sweden. The otherworldly environment of Northern Sweden became a rich source of inspiration for Charles, resulting in Nordlig Vinter, his debut album of works for percussion and computer, which was released in 2013.

From 2013–2016, Charles was a PhD candidate at the ANU Research School of Computer Science, Charles created iPad apps for music-making and new networked software for mediating and extending ensemble improvisation through machine learning and gesture recognition. Charles’ research work was published in ACM CHI, the premier international conference on Human-Computer Interaction, and at NIME (New Interfaces for Musical Interaction).

Charles was a postdoctoral fellow with the Robotics and Intelligent Systems research group at the University of Oslo from 2016–2019, where he developed ways to integrate machine learning, particularly deep neural networks (DNNs), into musical smartphone apps, bio-sensor music controllers, and self-contained musical systems. The culmination of this work was IMPS (interactive music prediction system), a standalone deep learning model for predicting musical gestures on a variety of musical interfaces.

In 2019, Charles returned to the ANU and is now a senior lecturer in computer science where he teaches creative computing, music technology and continues his research in interactive intelligent systems. Charles believes strongly in collaboration between computing and creative arts to build better creative systems and train more “human” computer scientists. He is active in music technology outreach into the community such as developing autonomous guitar installations in Oslo and the electronic carillon clavier in Canberra as well as publicly releasing electronic music apps. He performs as a percussionist and computer musician both around Australia and internationally.

More information about Charles’ music and research can be found on his website: