Ruth Lee Martin is a composer of a diverse range of music but with a particular interest in composing for film.

Her most recent project was original music for a ten-part web series, ‘No Strings Attached’, funded by the ABC, NBCU (U.S.), Film Victoria, and Screen Australia. It is currently being broadcast on BBC2.

Last year she wrote the original music for web series ‘Tales from Tinder’. This series was awarded Best Original Concept, New York Web Fest; Best for Originality, Bilboa Web Fest (Spain); Best Official Selection, Raindance Web Fest (London); Award Winner, Web Fest (Berlin); Best Official Selection, Bush Wick Film Festival (New York), 2015.

Ruth has written music for two Australian House of Parliament documentaries with special mention to ‘Pride of Place’ a documentary that focused on the building of the House and architect Aldo Giurgola’s vision.

Other compositional interests are sacred choral and piano music.

  • Main musical influences:
  • American minimalism – particularly Steve Reich
  • Scottish Gaelic folk music

Musical inspiration:

  • Landscapes, particularly the Isle of Skye and the New Zealand’s South Island
  • Australian poetry and poetry generally

Favourite films:

  • The Piano, director Jane Campion, music Michael Nyman
  • Orlando, director and music Sally Potter

Writing subjects:

  • Music and its relationship to place
  • Women’s relationship to music

Ruth can be contacted at