Biography

Templeton’s music is always difficult to truly classify, which is part of its charm. It is way too dense and detailed to qualify as ambient in a traditional sense – instead developing itself into a highly organized, spacious clutter. It is electro-acoustic music that hearkens to tape machines and misused instruments of yesteryear, viewed whole-heartedly through the prism of ultra-modernity, of an awareness of what has transpired in-between. -Ezekiel Honig, Anticipate Recordings

Canadian sound artist Mark Templeton utilizes acoustic instruments, found sounds and sampled material to construct textured, collage-like electronic compositions. His sound has been called "glitchy," but also "painterly" in an attempt to describe how his sources are crumbled and reconstructed into new forms.

Templeton's works have been commissioned by organizations and artists of contemporary dance, film and audiovisual disciplines. His recordings have been published by Anticipate Recordings, Staalplaat, Sweat Lodge Guru, Under the Spire Recordings, Silentes and Graphical Recordings.

He has performed live and exhibited his work at international festivals, art galleries and alternative spaces throughout Europe, Canada and the United States.

In addition to his work as a sound artist, Mark Templeton is also a photographer, media studies teacher and the owner and curator of Graphical Recordings.

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SELECT DISCOGRAPHY

2017- Mark Templeton: Distorted Tourist LP+Photobook, Graphical Recordings, CA
2017- Mark Templeton: Gentle Heart LP, Graphical Recordings, CA
2015- Mark Templeton + Kyle Armstrong: EXTENSIONS LP+DVD, Graphical Recordings, CA
2014- Mark Templeton + Nicola Ratti: Resophonic LP+Photobook, Silentes, IT
2013- Mark Templeton: Factory Fire limited edition CD, Independent
2013- Mark Templeton: Jealous Heart LP, Under the Spire Recordings, UK
2011- Mark Templeton: Mort Aux Vaches live CD, Staalplaat, NL
2011- Mark Templeton: Scotch Heart cassette, Sweat Lodge Guru Records and Tapes, USA
2010- Mark Templeton: Ballads limited edition tour CD, Independent
2009- Mark Templeton: Sea Point LP, Anticipate Recordings, USA
2009- Mark Templeton: Inland CD, Anticipate Recordings, USA
2009- M. Templeton + aA. Munson: Acre Loss CD+DVD, Anticipate Recordings, USA
2007- Mark Templeton: Standing On A Hummingbird CD, Anticipate Recordings, USA

SELECT EXHIBITIONS | INSTALLATIONS

2016- VARIATIONS, (V/A interpret Poem (1957) by Michael Snow), Latitude 53, Edmonton, CA (curator)
2016- VARIATIONS, Gallery of Media Artists, Calgary/Edmonton/Lethbridge, CA (curator)
2016- VARIATIONS, SWARM 17, Vancouver, CA (curator)
2016- Night Drive, Jackson Power Gallery, Edmonton, CA
2015- EXTENSIONS, Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda, IE (solo)
2014- EXTENSIONS, WNDX, Winnipeg, CA
2014- IN CONCERT, Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) SONAR exhibition, Edmonton, CA
2014- Resophonic City, O’ Gallery, Milan, IT
2013- Resophonic City, Latitude 53, Edmonton, CA (solo)
2010- Postcards From Gowanus, Cabinet Magazine exhibition, New York, USA
2009- Acre Loss, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, CA
2005- Fields Awake, Latitude 53, Edmonton, CA (solo)

SELECT SOUND FOR PICTURE | DANCE

2015- Abandoned, soundtrack for Kyle Armstrong’s short film
2008- Ki, Mile Zero Dance, soundtrack for the multimedia dance performance piece
2007- Luz, Mile Zero Dance and FAVA LABA, soundtrack for short film and dance piece
2005- notsonatural, soundtrack for aAron Munson's short film

SELECT PERFORMANCES

2016- Loft 112, Calgary, CA
2016- 9910, Edmonton, CA
2015- Sounds Like Audio Art Festival, Saskatoon, CA
2015- Sled Island Festival, Calgary, CA
2014- AGA, Edmonton, CA
2014- O’ Gallery, Milan, IT
2014- Dal Verme, Rome, IT
2012- NUB, Pistoia, IT
2012 - National Music Centre, Calgary, CA
2012- Epcor Centre, Calgary, CA
2012- Weird Canada HQ, Toronto, CA
2011- The Artery, Edmonton, CA
2010- Café Oto, London, UK
2010- Altez Finanzamt, Berlin, DE
2010- Half Die Festival, Rome, IT
2009- Send+Receive Festival, Winnipeg, CA
2009- Sala Rossa, Montreal, CA
2008- WORM, Rotterdam, NL
2008- The Unsound Festival, Krakow, PL
2008- Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival, Montreal, CA
2007- Emmedia, Calgary, CA
2007- Overlap 07 - Rx Gallery, San Francisco, USA
2007- The Someday Lounge, Portland, USA
2007- MUTEK Festival, Montreal, CA
2007- Galapagos Art Space, New York, USA
2005- Visualeyez Festival, Latitude 53, Edmonton, CA

SELECT PRESS | MEDIA

2016- LUMA, "Re-presentations, Adaptations, and VARIATIONS", Aug
2015- ATTN MAGAZINE, “Review: Mark Templeton+Kyle Armstrong: Extensions”, 25 Jan
2013- Edmonton Journal, Musician Mark Templeton challenges listeners - and himself, 4 May
2013- TIny Mix Tapes, “Mark Templeton: Jealous Heart”, Apr
2013- Headphone Commute, “Interview with Mark Templeton”, Headphone Commute, 26 Feb
2012- FFWD, “Musique Concrete from Overseas”, 17 May
2010- Textura, “Mark Templeton’s Top 10 Ballads”, Jul
2009- Cokemachineglow, “M. Templeton + aA. Munson: Acre Loss”, Cokemachineglow, 13 Feb
2009- The Wire, “On Location”, Jan
2007- Emusic Magazine, “Ball of Electroacoustic fusion”, 28 Jun
2007- Vue Weekly, “Not a Hummingbird was harmed in the making of Mark Templeton’s debut album”, 13 Mar

SELECT TEACHING | ARTIST TALKS

2015- Artist Panel, Sled Island Festival, Calgary, CA
2009- Present- Film & Media Studies Teacher, Leduc Composite High School, Leduc, CA
2014- Film & Media 35 Presentation, College of School Superintendents Conference, Edmonton, CA
2013- Artist Talk, Creative Mornings, Edmonton, CA
2009- Music Technology Teacher, Northside College, Sainte-Adele, CA
2008- Artist Talk, Unsound Festival, Krakow, PL

SELECT AWARDS | GRANTS | ORGANIZATIONS

2016- Individual Project Grant, Edmonton Arts Council (EAC)
2016- The FAVA Award of Excellence- Inter-Art Performance or Installation for “EXTENSIONS”
2014- Present- Graphical Recordings Owner and Curator
2011-2015- Metro Cinema Board of Directors Vice President
2012- Edmonton Artist Trust Fund Recipient, EAC
2012- Filmmaker Assistance Program, National Film Board of Canada
2012- Individual Project Grant, EAC
2012- Travel Grant, Canada Council for the Arts
2007- Edmonton Explorations Grant, EAC

EDUCATION

2001- Bachelor of Education, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB