Listening to Martyn Palmer’s work as electronic artist Broken Chip, it’s almost impossible to disassociate its point of origin from the end result. Indeed, if ever there was a call for an official soundtrack for the Blue Mountains, Martyn’s music would be a wholly appropriate choice.While his early work (captured beautifully on Pow Wow Seven on Feral Media) was redolent with brittle beats and vestiges of post-rock artists such as Sigur Ros, his recent music reflects his maturing relationship with the environment around him. In releases such as 2014’s Cold Air, field recordings merge with ambient textures, drones and loops to create perfect moments of calm – all entirely attributable to his 14 year-long residence in the Mountains.
During the last nine years I’ve been making music as Broken Chip. My first release was a mini Album back in 2008 on Feral Media Pow Wow series and since then I’ve released music on various compilations and worked on several projects for Flaming Pines. I’ve also made numerous remixes and have releases on several labels such as Feral Media, 3BS, and A Future Without.My work consists of combining field recordings, digital and analogue synthesis into a whole which is usually done via looping these sounds one at a time.