- Martina Homma
(b Krefeld, Aug 21, 1959). German composer. She studied at the Cologne Academy of Music (1978–84) with Kagel, among others. After working with the TAM (Theater am Marienplatz) in Krefeld-Fischeln (1976–84), she co-founded the Thürmchen publishing imprint (1985) and Thürmchen Ensemble (1991), both of which specialize in experimental music and music theatre. As a composer, she has taken the process of listening to her immediate surroundings as a point of departure, subtly imitating and transforming the sounds of everyday life in her compositions. Many of her works (until the mid-1980s) incorporate elements of music theatre (i.e. slides, videos, objects, semantic associations etc.). In In gewohnter Umgebung I–III (1991–4) and other works, ordinary sounds are imitated by instruments which assume activities connected with the production of these sounds, such as rubbing or striking. Geräusche (1992) uses new instrumental sounds to particularly good effect. Later compositions, such as ...