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**Hello! I’m currently available for work – composition, writing, hosting, production, sound design, training – or other. Drop me a line.**

My name is Martin Zaltz Austwick. I’m a musician, podcaster, performer, Honorary Senior Lecturer at CASA (UCL); I’ve written, produced, composed and performed for award-winning podcasts including Answer Me This!, The Allusionist, ZigZag, 99% Invisible (live), Song by Song and 20,000Hz. I write music as Pale Bird.

You can contact me on twitter @martinaustwick or email DrAustwick at gmail dot com.

What I’ve been up to lately – or have a look at my podchaser profile for more info:

  • Won a Bronze Audio Production Award for Best Sound Design Producer and was nominated in the Best Factual Producer category [November 2021]
  • Composed music for the Shedunnit limited series, Queens Of Crime At War [Oct-Nov 2021]
  • Guested on the Under The Radar podcast, talking to Celine Teo-Blockey about music and the UK [October 2021].
  • Producer/composer on Rigged, a new series by Amy Westervelt / Critical Frequency about the history of PR [October-December 2021].
  • With Sarah Myles, programmed the 2021 Podcast Maker Weekend, featuring 12 sessions on audio making from introductions to podcasting through pitch sessions and sessions on directing audio drama, comedy, and telling personal stories. I ran a session on music and sound design. I set up the Podcast Maker Weekend in 2017 to run as part of the London Podcast Festival and provide affordable sessions delivered by the best talent in the UK audio industry, and international talent. [September 2021]
  • Wrote the music and performed with the Allusionist live at the London Podcast Festival [September 2021].
  • Answer Me This won a Gold British Podcast Award in a special British Podcast Awards category to mark the end of 14 years of one of the UK’s most successful independent podcasts [July 2021].
  • Taught on a half-day Introduction to Podcasting course for the AHRC, the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council [March 2021]
  • Delivered a Music in Podcasting class for Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, CA) [March 2021]
  • Wrote the theme song for Charles Adrian and Lisa Findlay’s Romcom Rewrite podcast [March 2021]
  • Maddie’s Sound Explorers [Aug – Nov 2020] – a science podcast for 7-10 year olds, featuring a song built from the sounds of science and nature every episode. I developed the 15-episode series with host Maddie Moate and exec. producer Matt Hill. I booked and interviewed guests, scripted episodes with Maddie, and edited, produced, mixed and mastered the show, writing and a recording a new piece of music for each episode, based around the sounds and ideas we discover along the way.
  • Wrote scores for episodes of The Tranquillusionist, episodes of the show designed to be particularly soothing and calming [Mar-Aug 2020]

Quick links to:

I’m a podcaster – previously one third of Answer Me This!, one of the UK’s most successful independent podcasts (Sony/Aria Silver, 2010 and a Sony/Aria Gold 2011). I also co-created Song by Song (British Podcast Gold Award: Review, 2017), Neutrinowatch, Brain Train, Global Lab, and The Year of The Bird podcasts, helped to create Maddie’s Sound Explorers (nominated for Arias Best New Show 2021 and won British Podcast Awards for Best Family Show, and Smartest Show 2021, and was nominated for Best New Show), and I’ve written for 20,000Hz.

I’ve written and performed music for the above podcasts, and for Zig ZagThe Allusionist, The Beef and Dairy Network, Mortified, the Glamour UK podcast, and many, many others. I’ve written music and performed live with The Allusionist, Radio Diaries, 99% Invisible, The Bugle, Radiotopia Live, and the 3rd Coast International Audio Festival awards ceremony.

I’ve spoken at Audiocraft, Hearsay, Vancouver Podcast Festival, Boring Conference, Geek Showoff, SciBar, Pint of Science and TEDx LSE, in additional to a range of academic conferences from the AAG to SPIE – about everything from Music for Podcasting, to Eggs, to Cycling, to GPS Data, to Medical Laser Physics.

I founded the Podcast Maker Weekend (as part of the London Podcast Festival) in 2017 to create high-quality, affordable sessions for UK podcasters, and currently act as a co-director with Sarah Myles from Rise and Shine. In 2020 I organised a series of livestreams with international audio makers under the auspices of the Maker events.

In my academic life, I was a Senior Lecturer at CASA, at UCL’s Bartlett Faculty (2011-2017). I have a Physics degree and a PhD in Quantum Computing.  My recent research covered data visualisation, urban systems, and digital humanities. I have created modules and taught data visualisation, coding, podcasting, and physics, and was Course Director on their Spatial Data Science and Visualisation masters (2013-2017). I was active in public engagement through talks, videos, visualisations, events and podcasts. I won a UCL award for Public Engagement in 2016 and an ESPRC-funded Public Engagement Fellowship in 2015.

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