SMUDGE MUSIC is me, Ruth Lee Martin, and this site set up to allow people to listen to my compositions and get in touch with me. I am a Canberra-based composer and studied composition at the Australian National University with composer Larry Sitsky.
My composing is becoming more and more focused on film and television. I have composed all the music for two projects with New York film director, Emma Watts – Tales from Tinder and the award-winning, No Strings Attached (Raindance Film Festival Official Selection, Orlando Film Festival Official Selection, Vancouver Web Fest Best Documentary, DubWebFest Winner Best LGBT, Melbourne Web Series Festival Best Australian Non-Fiction, Bushwick Film Festival Official Selection, Brooklyn Web Fest Official Selection).
Other films include music for ‘House on the Hill’ for the Electra String Quartet (Sydney), Phil South percussion and Mark Atkins
More recently, I am working on a project about the new ways in which families are being constructed and defined. I am also composing the music for a documentary on foster children with a filmmaker in the U.S.
In 2012 I composed ‘The Winter it is Past’ for solo piano, for Joanne Polk, Manhattan School of Music, New York. This work premiered in both New York and Canberra in 2012 via video conferencing.
In 2009 I was awarded an ACT Creative Arts Fellowship that allowed me time to compose a set of sacred choral works that were performed and recorded by the wonderful voices of Trinity Choir, Melbourne.
It also enabled me to work with the talented Halcyon ensemble in Sydney on a setting of the poet, Kevin Hart’s, evocative Wimmera poems. It was an inspiring experience working with such great musicians as we fine-tuned this compositional cycle.
I have always enjoyed crossing boundaries and my project, ‘Circadian Rhythm’, commissioned by Research School of the Humanities for the event ‘Fusion’ held at ANU gave me the opportunity to work with a string quartet, a choreographer, a dance troupe and a DJ. I composed the music for a thirty-minute ballet choreographed by Solon Ulbrich (Adelaide) danced by Quantum Leap (Australian Choreographic Centre) performed by students and staff from School of Music, ANU, in 2005.
I am a fully represented composer at the Australian Music Centre and you can hear some short excerpts from some of my works as well as my scores. Some of my scores are also in the National Library of Australia.