Martyn Simpson

Martyn Simpson is an artist living in Leighton Buzzard. Simpson explores and recreates the mechanical music machines of artists. From the unrealised musical ideas and inventions of Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), the lost intonarumori of Luigi Russolo (1885-1947) to the music sculptures of the Fluxes artist Joe Jones (1934-1993).

Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes houses Alan Turing’s and Gordon Welchman's Bombe machine which helped codebreakers decipher encrypted messages during World War II. After hearing its mechanical rhythms and sonic qualities, and seeing its rainbow colours, Simpson felt that the machine deserved to be celebrated as both a musical instrument and visual sculpture. The fact that it was integral in the defeat of fascism drew the artist to it further.