Songwriting as artistic research

I trace lived experiences using songwriting as inquiry and am interested in working with all nationalities. The context of my research project is climate change with a particular focus on water. I consider water to be a heritage continually being inherited and passed on to future generations. I currently do work in Cape Town, South Africa – a climate change hotspot, and I am also interested in unfolding water and groundwater contamination issues in Denmark

If you are concerned with the impact of climate change and would like to share this concern with me, I would like to try to write a song with you – wherever you are located

No music skills or prior songwriting knowledge is necessary. It is not about writing the “best” or “prettiest” song but rather about letting one’s story be told in this way. Songwriting has been with us for millenia (always) and has a unique way of communicating. You may be surprised how seemlessly a conversation often can move into songwriting even when working online

In the words of Canadian songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie, songs can be:

“more effective than a 400-page textbook: immediate and replicable, portable and efficient, wrapped in music, easy to understand by ordinary people”

If you, or anyone you know, might be interested in taking part in a co-writing session, please contact me directly at:

All best wishes,

Martin Hoybye


See the project profile at Aarhus University here