Turner Prize winning artist and composer Martin Creed has signed a publishing contract with Music Sales. Words and music have always been an integral part of Creed's practice. From the artist’s point of view ‘talks are works and words are work’. Creed has often combined art, talking, choreography and music played with his band Owada. He says “talks are works and words are work’. The simplicity of the music demonstrates a simple but intellectual approach to creating music/artwork. Using few notes and words Creed delivers compelling messages in tracks such as ‘Words’, ‘Thinking not thinking’ and ‘Fuck off’.
Calvin Klein commissioned Creed to conceive an installation involving all the company's Spring 2008 collections. Creed’s orchestra was seated one behind another on a long, narrow stage running down the length of the space. The orchestra played dramatic outbursts led by a thundering bass drum, which sounded much like an external panic attack. The piece worked well as a soundtrack to which a serene handful of models (wearing Calvin Klein’s Collection) walked around the stage.