Tartu — Estonia
patrick mcginley (aka murmer) is an american-born sound, performance, and radio artist based in europe since 1996. since then he has been building a collection of found sounds and found objects that have become the basis of all his work. in 2002 he founded framework, an organisation that produces a weekly field recording-themed radio show, broad- and podcasting around the world. in 2005, he began working closely with the artist-run organisation MoKS in southeast estonia, relocating there permanently in 2009. most recently mcginley has been giving presentations, workshops, and performances based on the exploration of site-specific sound and sound as definition of space. in live performance his interest in field recording has developed into an attempt to integrate and resonate found sounds, found objects, specific spaces, and moments in time, in order to create a direct and visceral link with an audience and location.
Description of work with field recording
in truth i prefer the term 'found sound' to 'field recording', for its greater openness and its lesser semantic connotation. my work is about small discoveries and concentrated attention; it focuses on the framing of sounds around us which normally pass through our ears unnoticed and unremarked, but which out of context become unrecognisable, alien and extraordinary: crackling charcoal, a squeaking escalator, a buzzing insect, or one's own breath. i work equally with spaces, objects, resonances, and people, in composition, performance, or simply collective action and experience, in exploration of perception via attentive listening.
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