The 2022 winner of Music NB’s “Innovator of the Year” award, Martin Daigle is an interdisciplinary performer, composer, researcher, and producer from New Brunswick, Canada. Flourishing from creative foundations as a drummer and percussionist, his diverse work as a performer, composer and researcher pushes the boundaries between audio-visual and electro-acoustic art. Martin’s innovative approach to percussion music utilizes electronic devices; notably, ongoing research in the development of an “augmented drum kit,” which combines acoustic drum sounds, digital samples, and visual manipulations for a truly unique result.
Well versed as a performer and studio artist, Martin’s artistry spans many genres including rock, jazz, and classical percussion, and has appeared in festivals including Open Ears, Halifax Jazz Festival, Acadie Rock, and many more.
Martin’s research is currently focused on drumming balance, drum kit timbre and orchestration, and the development of haptic-enhanced drum educational tools. These projects seek to increase educational accessibility and reduce drum-related injuries. This work has been published in HAID20 and presented at the CIRMMT-OICRM-BRAMS Student Symposium, ACTOR project’s yearly conference, and various universities in North America and in Europe. Martin has pursued artistic research at the Banff Centre, CIRMMT and McGill University. In 2021, he released a debut solo album entitled “Mossy Cobblestone.” “Drum Machines”,” a much-anticipated new album further innovating technological applications, is set for release in 2023.