Nimbus Review in Local Sound Focus

Made it back from a gig last night to find this lovely review in on the Local Sound Focus website. You can read the full article over here http://localsoundfocus.com/review-martin-chung-nimbus-ep.

Local Sound Focus works to promote new music around the North of England acting as a hub for music lovers and makers alike. Big thanks to Martin Higgins and Louise Karwowski for the review. You can pick up Nimbus at my Bandcamp store by clicking on the player below.

Nimbus Out Today!

Today is the day! Very proud and excited to announce my debut EP Nimbus is out now over at Bandcamp. This past 6 months the album has grown from an individual university project into an important personal and creative statement (pretty much taking over my life in the process!).

I would like to thank everyone involved in helping me make this project a reality, particular my family and friends for all their love and support over the past few months. Also a number of special thanks to certain personnel who’s knowledge and expertise contributed directly to the finished product:

Professor Monty Adkins for all his help and constructive criticism supervising this project, helping me become a better composer and further develop my own musical voice.

Dr. Alex Harker for getting me started on the rollercaoster ride that is creative coding in Max MSP, a daunting world for someone with zero programming experience! Using Max has honestly changed my life and changed the way I write music.

Dr. Philip Thomas for opening up my ears to the exciting world of experimental/contemporary music, raising my awareness and wonder in the sounds that we take for granted every day.

Ian Sanderson for his time and effort taking me step by step through the mastering process. Truly a deep and dark art requiring patience and golden ears!

BandCamp Store Now Live

The new Bandcamp store is now LIVE. The EP will be released first here towards the end of March. In the meantime I didn’t want anyone to leave empty-handed so I’ve made my recent acoustmatic composition Ocean Dream available for stream or download. The piece uses sampled guitar and water sounds cross-processed many times using a variety of audio manipulation software.

What follows is a brief extract from the original program note: The initial inspiration for the piece came from dreamstates. During REM sleep the brain’s activity increases to levels similar to that of being awake. We experience a variety of sensory information we interpret as dreams. During these dreamstates locations and memories from our past are recalled with crystal clarity. People and places collide, merge and transform in surprising and frequently unexpected ways…

Max 7 Harmonizer Patch

This patch came about through adopting a more bespoke approach to audio processing in an effort to further develop an individual instrumental and compositional voice. Coded in Max 7, the patch uses the gizmo~ object inside an FFT sub-patch to analyse peaks within given FFT bins before moving them along the frequency axis, shifting the sound up or down in pitch. Max 7 makes pitch shifting even easier with the inclusion of separate specific pitch shift objects without the need for a pfft~ shell however I still prefer to use pfft~ sub patches as they allow individual control over the FFT bin resolution.

GTR Harmonizer Patch wBorder

The patch also includes volume envelope control based amplitude threshold detection of the incoming audio signal and four individual delay lines (not shown in the patcher pic) routed to the two stereo output channels in pairs. In addition this post also marks a move towards recording video to document specific elements of the EP project.