Vale Martin Armiger

Friday, 29 Nov 2019

We are saddened to hear that much-loved APRA AMCOS member, Martin Armiger, passed away peacefully this week. 

With dozens of film and television credits to his name and more than a decade spent as Head of Screen Music at AFTRS, Martin Armiger cemented himself as an iconic figure among Australian screen composers. 

His first major work came in 1973 when he composed the score for an AFTRS thesis film called Drac. Soon after this, he graduated from Flinders University with honours and then relocated from Adelaide to Melbourne in 1975. 

Martin had continued success through the late 70s and early 80s as a member of Melbourne-based rock outfit The Sports, a group that had three top 20 albums along with a string of commercially successful singles including ‘Don’t Throw Stones’, ‘Strangers on a Train’ and ‘How Come’.

By the time The Sports broke up in the early 80s, Martin had established himself as a respected producer and session musician. In 1984 he took on the role of musical director for the ABC’s weekly drama series Sweet and Sour. Martin also produced the programme’s Platinum-selling soundtrack.

He had continued success as a screen composer through the 80s, 90s and early 2000s, working on a string of Australian films and TV shows that included Young EinsteinClublandThe Secret Life of Us and the ABC News Theme.

Martin helped shape the future of Australian screen music by working as Head of Screen Composition at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School for fourteen years.

In 2006, his own university acknowledged his invaluable contribution to Australia’s music industry, honouring him with the Flinders University Distinguished Alumni award. Martin’s work for the Australian screen has also netted him awards from the AFI, the ARIAs and APRA. 

An APRA AMCOS member since 1979, in 2017 we honoured him with the inaugural Distinguished Services to the Australian Screen Award. 

“A generous, wonderfully warm and talented man - always a passionate advocate for the place and importance of the creator. Our love and condolences to Martin’s family,” said APRA AMCOS Chief Executive, Dean Ormston.

A talented and accomplished composer, musician, producer, and teacher, he will be greatly missed.

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