It’s a slow Tuesday. Got 2:30:00 with nothing else to do? Why not watch Martyn Ware being probed about his storied history as a founding member of Human League, B.E.F., and the Heaven 17? Not to mention a successful music producer and now, soundscape designer? We actually saw these as part of the original webinars held online for the events in the last few months, but they have been archived now for anyone to watch without an invite. The program was held in two parts. The first telling of the early days of Human League up to the point where he and Ian Craig Marsh left the band. Ware, along with moderator and Ditto.tv co-founder Mike Wilson, regales us with tales of the Post-Punk era as writ by one of its movers and shakers. Part one is below.
Then the follow up happened last month and covered what Ware did after he was excised from Human League. This second half covered the foundation of the British Electrical Foundation as a production company, along with the concurrent development of Heaven 17 as an ongoing concern that rapidly took all of his time. Also his big time production career, and his founding of environmental sound company Illustrious, with fellow traveler Vince Clarke. I had included links in a comment earlier, but these should stand alone as a post to make them easier to find. Part two is below.
While I was well versed in the history of Mr. Ware, I managed to learn quite a few new wrinkles by watching these and I felt that it was worth my time. Before covid-19, the first of these was scheduled as a physical event to tie in with the Heaven 17 show of the first two Human League albums that was delayed until September 14th, and very probably, won’t even take place then. Then as Ditto.tv are tech oriented, they re-envisioned the events as online webinars and now they’ve been edited into succinct videos for our enjoyment.
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