Martin Armiger

Subject Leader – Sound and Music

Award winning film composer Martin Armiger has been writing for the screen for more than thirty years.

Early works still attracting interest include Bert Delings notorious 1975 feature about heroin users, (Pure Shit, re-released in 2009 by Beyond Films,) and Jan Chapman's series about rock musicians (Sweet and Sour, ABC 1984) which will have its soundtrack re-released this year.

Other projects include Clubland, Thank God He Met Lizzie, Young Einstein, Sweetie, The Secret Life of Us, Marking Time, Come In Spinner and Police Rescue. His last film was Mark Lewis' 3D documentary feature Cane Toads: The Conquest, (to be released in 2010) and he composed the current on air music for ABC TV News.

He is Head of Screen Music at AFTRS.


Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Majors Drama and Philosophy, Flinders University, South Australia

Professional History

Lecturer, Screen Composition - AFTRS

Lecturer in Film Music, Canberra Institute of Technology

Director, Martin Armiger & Company

Director, Regular Music (in association with Mushroom Publishing)

Director, Two Guys In a Mustang Pty Ltd (Film Music Rights & Services in association with Martin Fabinyi)

Musician/Songwriter for The Sports, The Bleeding Hearts, The High Rise Bombers and The Toads - Recorded 6 albums and toured Australia, US and UK

Freelance Writer for Sydney Morning Herald, the Melbourne Age, Heat and national times

Columnist for FMG Magazine, Xpress

Professional Association

Australian Guild of Screen Composers, Past President

Arts Law Centre NSW, Past Board Member

AFI Awards Advisory Committee, Past Member

Screenrights: The Australian Audio-Visual Copyright Agency, Board Member


AGSC, Special Award for contribution to Australian Screen music,

Nominated APRA-AGSC Screen Music Awards, Marking Time, 2003

Nominated, AFI Best Music for a Feature Film, Thank God He Met Lizzie, 1998

Nominated, AGSC Best Music for Animation, Ketchup, 1998

APRA Best Music for Television, Cody, 1996

ARIA Best Adult Contemporary Album, Come in Spinner, 1992

Nominated, ARIA Best Album, Come in Spinner, 1992

AGSC Best Music for a Mini-series, Children of the Dragon, 1992

AGSC Best Music for a Series, Police Rescue, 1990

Nominated, Best Music for Miniseries, Bodysurfer, 1989

Nominated, AGSC, Best Music for TV Series, Police Rescue, 1989

Nominated, APRA Best TV Theme Police Rescue, 1988

AFI Best Music for a Feature Film, Young Einstein, 1986

ABC Countdown, Record Producer of the Year, 1984

ABC Countdown Awards, The Sports, Best New Band, 1978

Platinum Record Award, Producer, Be My Baby, the Teen Queens

Platinum Record Award, Producer, Come in Spinner, Grace Knight and Vince Jones

Platinum Record Award, Producer, There's a Bear in There, Play School ABC TV

Platinum Record Award, Producer, You've Always Got the Blues, Kate Ceberano and Wendy Matthews

Record Award, Producer, Oomba Baroomba, Play School ABC TV

Record Award, Producer, Sweet and Sour, ABC TV series soundtrack

Gold Record Award, Sweet and Sour 2, ABC TV series soundtrack

Gold Record Award, D-d-d-dance, The Allniters

Gold Record Award, Sondra, The Sports

Gold Record Award , Suddenly, The Sports

Gold Record Award, Don't Throw Stones, The Sports


 Published Music - Record Producing Credits

Marking Time, with John Butler & Others, Record Producer

Sydney Dance Company, Sydney Dance Company, Record Producer

Soundtrack - Thank God He Met Lizzie, Record Producer

Penny Flanagan - Seven Flights Up, Record Producer

Penny Flanagan - Bravado, Record Producer

Ballet Soundtrack - Fornicon, Record Producer

Deborah Conway, Renee Geyer, Paul Kelly Soundtrack - Seven Deadly Sins, Record Producer

Teen Queens - Teen Queens, Record Producer

Gondwanaland - Wide Skies, Record Producer

Club Hoy - Thursday's Fortune, Record Producer

Grace Knight and Vince Jones - Come in Spinner, Record Producer

Soundtrack - The Crossing, Record Producer

Paul Kelly - Dumb Things, Record Producer

Wendy Matthews & Kate Ceberano - You've Always Got The Blues, Record Producer

Soundtrack - Illusions, Record Producer

Benders - Distance, Record Producer

Soundtrack - Dancing Daze, Record Producer

Deckchairs Overboard - Deckchairs Overboard, Record Producer

Hello Hello - Taking it All Away, Record Producer

Soundtrack - Sweet and Sour, Record Producer

Stephen Cummings - Senso, Record Producer

Austen Tayshus - When the Ticklers Stopped Quivering, Record Producer

Allniters - D-d-d-dance, Record Producer

The Kevins - Club of Rome, Record Producer

Paul Kelly and The Dots - Talk, Record Producer

Johnny Topper - Beatnick Twist, Record Producer


Clubland, Feature, 2007, Composer

ABC News and Current Affairs
Themes, Composer

Marking Time, TV Mini-series, 2003, Composer

Hildegarde, Feature, 2001, Composer

The Secret Life of Us, Telemovie and Episodes 1 & 2, 2001, Composer

Hard Knox, Telemovie, 2001, Composer

DarkCity, Feature, 2000, Arranger

The White Devil, Music for Sydney Theatre Company, 2000, Composer

Powderburn, Feature, 1999, Composer

Fetch, Short film, 1999, Composer

House Gang, SBS TV comedy series, 1999, Composer

David Carradine's Martial Arts Adventure, Documentary, 1999, Composer

Two Girls and a Baby, Short film, 1998, Composer

Ketchup, 65-part animation series, 1998, Composer

The Great Stumble Forward, Documentary, 1998, Composer

Thank God He Met Lizzie
, Feature, 1997, Composer

Wild Ones, Documentary series, 1997, Composer

And Yes, Dance theatre, 1997, Composer

String Quartet #1 for Electra String Group, 1997, Composer

Fornices, Full length ballet for Sydney Dance Company, 1996, Composer

Cody: Fall From Grace, Telemovie, 1996, Composer

Where Angels Feat to Tread, Documentary, 1996, Composer

Cody: The Wrong Stuff, Telemovie, 1995, Composer

Cody: The Burn Out, Telemovie, 1995, Composer

Party Girls, Documentary, 1995, Composer

Missa Brevis, for The Song Company, Australian tour, 1995, Composer

for Sydney Theatre Company, 1995, Composer

'Til There Was You, Feature, 1994, Arranger

Cody: the Tipoff,
Telemovie, 1994, Composer

Cody: Bad Love,
Telemovie, 1994, Composer

Seven Deadly Sins ('Greed" and 'Envy'), Mini-series, 1993, Composer

Nice Guys Finish Last, Documentary, 1993, Composer

The Other Side of Paradise,
Mini-series, 1992, Composer

Fremantle Conspiracy, Mini-series, 1992, Composer

Children of the Dragon, Mini-series, 1991, Composer

Flowers and the WideSea, Documentary, 1991, Composer

Waiting, Feature film, 1991, Composer

Come in Spinner, Mini-series, 1990, Composer

Wonderful World of Dogs - Documentary, 1990, Composer

Ring of Scorpio, Mini-series, 1990, Composer

The Crossing, Feature, 1990, Composer

Mini-series, 1989, Composer

The Rainbow Warrior Conspiracy, Mini-series, 1989, Composer

Sweetie, Feature, 1989, Composer

The Last Resort, TV Series, 1988, Composer

Stringer, TV Mini-series, 1988, Composer

Young Einstein, Feature, 1988, Co-Composer

Police Rescue,
TV series, 1988-90, Composer

Cane Toads, feature Documentary, 1988, Composer

Manning Clark's History of Australia - The Musical, 1988, Script Editor/ Composer

Relative Merits, TV Series, 1987, Composer

Perhaps Love, Telemovie, 1987, Composer

I've Come About the Suicide, Feature, 1987, Composer

The Challenge, TV Mini-series, 1986, Composer

I Own the Racecourse, Feature, 1986, Composer

Two Friends, Telemovie, 1986, Composer

Cyclone Tracy, TV Mini-series, 1986, Composer

Dancing Daze, TV Series, 1986, Composer

Illusion, Adelaide Festival of Arts, 1986, Composer

The Empty Beach, Feature, 1985, Composer

The Lizard King, Telemovie, 1985, Composer

Sweet and Sour, TV Series, 1984, Composer

Displaced Persons, Telemovie, 1984, Composer

White Man's Legend
, Telemovie, 1984, Composer

Belau, TV Documentary, 1983, Composer

Pure S, Feature, 1976, Composer

A Night in Rio, Musical for The Pram Factory, 1975, Melbourne, Composer


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