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::: raadio mälu released :::

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::: green field recordings ::: web ::: 2018 ::: play/download :::

in 2013 luís antero invited me to make a piece for his radio show, o colecionador de sons (the sound collector). that work, raadio mälu (radio memory) aired there, and subsequently on framework radio, and has now been released on luís’ netlabel, green field recordings. it’s free to stream and download, please have a listen! featuring the voices of alfred tubin, Siiri Kolka, Lauri Laanisto and Mari Jõgiste

from the liner notes:

in 2013 i found a small portable radio, dating probably from the 1980′s and made during soviet times, is a secondhand shop in the small village of mooste in southeast estonia. i have a thing for old radios, so i bought it, and it got me to thinking about the place of radio, not in this present world of internet streaming, podcasting and so forth, but in our past, and in our memories. i know i have distinct memories of radio, radio stations, djs, events, situations, and even places that i relate to radio from my own past, growing up in boston, during my student days in western massachusetts, all the way through my years at the resonance fm studios in london, and my attempts now to listen to estonian radio to improve my language skills. i wondered if this particular radio, alien to me but possibly familiar to estonians, might trigger memories for those around me, and i decided to find out.

i composed this piece from four elements: memories, stories and observations from a handful of estonians, related upon being presented with this particular radio for the first time; sonic material produced by the radio itself, both when tuned to and tuned between stations; field recordings from the surrounding landscape, vibrations in the immediate airwaves that have carried these radio signals; and archive material from estonian radio’s past, both in and before the country’s soviet era.

further details on the release page here

::: concrete shelves :::

::: interview @ concrete shelves :::

matteo uggeri has featured my shelves and my words in the latest installment of his concrete shelves blog, which he describes thusly:

I’ve always been extremely curious about other people’s books and records. Mostly records. Each time I enter a new house, I often identify the spot where CDs, LPs or cassettes are stored, I forget the other people in the room and I keep staring at the shelves (or sometimes just stacks) of sometimes unknown names, sometimes bands I love, and sometimes just the usual mainstream bunch of compilations and hits.

That’s why I’m asking people, often musicians, label owners, venue hosts, pressing companies, graphic designers, to show me their records through a picture or two, and then comment replying to a couple of questions to satisfy my curiosity.

read our chat and see my living room here:

Patrick McGinley – “I like to hear spring sounds in winter. I like accidental melodies…”

::: 2018.03.21 ::: premiere: the mill ::: tartu, ee :::

::: screening @ worldfilm festival :::

w/ daniel edward allen

wednesday 21 march, 13:15
eesti rahva muuseum
Muuseumi tee 2, Tartu

at long last, our film, the mill, will have it’s public premiere in the program of the 2018 worldfilm festival of visual culture in tartu, estonia!

more information and some short clips can be found here.

The Mill

  • Year of release: 2018
  • Duration: 35 min
  • Director: Patrick Tubin McGinley, Daniel Edward Allen
  • Original Language: English, Estonian
  • Country of production: Estonia
  • Shooting location: Estonia
The Mill is an experimental documentary focusing on the sensorial experience within an unmodernised paper mill in south Estonia. It is non-narrative, and although people are present there is no central human character. Rather, it is a cinematic investigation of a space, portraying one small part of the industrial world through the activity of the factory’s machines and the people who interact with them. At times the film verges on sensory overload, skirting the boundary between documentary and abstraction.

Director info
Patrick Tubin McGinley Patrick is an American-born sound, performance and radio artist, who works specifically with location and field recording in both documentary and abstracted form. He has recorded and designed sound for a number of films, released many albums of compositional work under the moniker Murmer, and produced Framework Radio, a program for the field recording community, for over 15 years. Daniel Edward Allen Daniel is originally from the UK and is from a photography background. His interest is in experimental forms of photography, especially analogue, and he is active in promoting this, as well as experimental film, in Estonia. He has given various workshops in this field, and has had photography exhibited and published in Estonia and abroad. Both now live in Estonia where they are involved in sound, photography and more mainstream film individually, and experimental film collectively. The Mill is their first film together and forms part of an on-going series that investigates Estonia as a regenerating post-occupation society.

see the description on the worldfilm website here.

::: homework – year 2 :::

my new work, echo surveys: viljandi (reimagined), is available for free download, or to stream above, on the second annual taâlem records compilation, ‘homework – year 2’, amongst 10 hours of music by many great artists and friends. some words from jean-marc boucher:

it’s that time again between saint nicolas (non-belgian people will probably not understand) and christmas. please welcome back “homework” for its second year. as last year, we’ve asked every taâlem (and sublabels) artist to submit a new and previously unreleased track, created/tweaked/finalized during 2017. the response was even more massive than last year: we have got 67 tracks (there were 52 in 2016). most of the contributing artists were already present last year, others couldn’t unfortunately make it this year but there are a lot of new names! please enjoy taâlem’s end-of-year present.

and a few words about the piece: echo surveys is an ongoing series of activities including performances, workshops, installations, and compositions that consist of site-specific sonic interventions; all sounds heard are produced and/or recorded in a chosen space, using only materials found therein. this ‘reimagined’ work adds a new layer; it is based on a live performance in the noisy november 2017 festival at supersonicum in viljandi, estonia on 2017.11.17, and is composed from the initial field recordings made in the space to be used in the performance, as well as from the recording of the performance itself. also participating in the performance and therefore in this composition were erik alalooga and taavi suisalu (the event organiser and other performer on the bill that night, respectively) and a number of members of the public.”

my contribution to homework – year 1 can be found here.

::: 2017.11.17 ::: viljandi, ee :::

::: performance @ noisy november :::

w/ taavi suisalu

friday 17 novemeber
jakobsoni 18

this performance will be part of murmer’s ongoing ‘echo surveys’ series. the premise is straightforward: each performance is entirely unique and site-specific; all sounds heard are either produced live from materials found in the space, or have been prerecorded there during a reconnaissance visit. this is an attempt to retain a specific and direct connection with each space and each audience, and to retain a sense of risk associated with each performance.

::: listen to ‘echo surveys: vartiosaari’ :::

echo surveys ::: vartiosaari is a series of site-specific soundworks for locations around vartiosaari island in helsinki, finland, produced for the exhibition at the arts in the environment 2017 nordic symposium, which runs on the island from september 2 – october 8, 2017. each work consists entirely of field recordings and resonated objects (found, played, and recorded in-situ) from each individual location, and is intended to be heard there. visitors can bring their own smartphones and headphones and listen to the works by scanning a QR code at each site. if you have visited the exhibition but were unable to hear the works, or if you are unable to attend, you can click here to listen to them and see their locations.

::: october sibilant (for michael northam) :::

Each Morning of the World #2
North American PhoNographic Mornings #03/20
Vermont ~ New England ~ USA
october sibilant (for michael northam)
patrick mcginley (aka murmer)

i don’t particularly feel like a reasonable ‘representative’ of north america, having now lived more of my life outside it than within it. but i did grow up there, and i do still have a soft spot especially for new england, and the not-easily-describable feelings that come with childhood memories of woods and coast, sounds, smells, and atmospheres. this makes the role feel a little more appropriate, as much of my work is about memory and past, and it allows me to present a sonic impression of a piece of my own past, however invented that impression may be. the sounds used are also from the past – all recorded, during a visit from my then-home in france, in the woods in vermont with my friend michael northam, near his own then-home, mostly on the 19th of october, 2008. we arrived at a spot along a small stream with some of our own sound-making devices (michael’s shakuhachi, a small zither with an ebow, a bag of bottlecaps…) that would interact with the water, pebbles and leaves that we found there (not to mention the passing airplane whose drone can be heard). we recorded until the sound of a rifle nearby made us both too nervous to continue, and we quickly packed up and scurried away. a few days later (on october 21st) we recorded a four-handed autumn leaf improvisation, which can also be heard here. the accompanying images are not from those same days (we had no camera), but from a few weeks earlier, taken on a day hike in the vermont mountains with my father, another cherished memory from that fine autumn.

from North American PhoNographic Mornings, track released September 3, 2017
all sounds found, recorded and/or produced by patrick tubin mcginley & michael northam, 2008
composed by patrick tubin mcginley, 2017
photos by patrick tubin mcginley, 2008

curated by Stéphane Marin

this is my contribution to stéphane marin’s ongoing project each morning of the world. this is the 2nd instalment, north american phonographic mornings, consisting of 20 contributions premiering over 20 weeks on sunday mornings, streaming on resonance extra and available on bandcamp. here is a little more info on the project:

stéphane marin presents a weekly series of twenty short soundscapes recorded in the mornings at various locations throughout north america. entitled « North American PhoNographic Mornings » this series forms part of a wider project, « Each Morning of the World », which invites sound artists, composers and recordists globally to share their own specific point of listening, either through a raw field recording or original composition. weekly on sunday morning.

::: 2017.09.02-10.08 ::: helsinki, fi :::

::: performance & installation @
arts in the environment nordic symposium 2017 :::

performance: saturday 2 september
between 16:00 and 20:00
installation: 2 september – 8 october
vartiosaari, helsinki

from october 25 until september 3 i will be participating in the arts in the environment nordic symposium 2017, taking part in the artist camp on the island of vartiosaari and working towards the production of both a live echo survey performance, and subsequent installation focusing on one specific location on the island. the live performance will take place during the opening of the group exhibition on saturday, 2 september. the installation will be a part of this exhibition, running on the island until 8 october.

a brief description of the project:

in 2012 i began a new series of performances which I call echo surveys. the premise is straightforward: each is entirely unique and site-specific; all sounds heard are either produced live from materials found in the space, or have been recorded there during a pre-performance reconnaissance visit. this is an attempt to retain a specific and direct connection with each space and each audience, and to retain a sense of risk associated with each performance. for arts in the environment the work with also include a site-specific installation, to be experienced in the location itself. the exact form and location of the sonic exploration of vartiosaari will be finalised during the artist camp.


::: 2017.01.17 ::: bucharest, ro :::

::: performance @ casa radio :::

tuesday 17 january
radio românia
strada general henri mathias beethelot 60-64, sector 1

murmer presents his live mix of field recordings from the räpina papermill, accompanied by mill footage filmed by daniel edward allen. from the organisers:

Celebram Ziua de nastere a artei si in 2017! Patrick McGinley (aka murmer) este artistul invitat pentru aceasta editie. El va performa live, in Studioul 15 al Radioului public, de la ora 23:40, iar evenimentul va fi transmis live pe site-ul http://artsbirthday.ebu.ch/.

Patrick McGinley locuieşte în Europa din 1996 şi opereaza in mediile sound, performance si radio. La baza creaţiei sale stă colecţia de sunete şi obiecte găsite, pe care a construit-o în ultimii 20 de ani. În 2002 a fondat framework, o asociaţie care produce o emisiune săptămânală de radio bazată pe înregistrări de teren primite de la colaboratori internaţionali.

Pentru accesul in institutie avem nevoie de confirmarea prezenţei. Cei care nu vor apărea pe listă nu vor putea participa. Mulţumiiiiim de înţelegere!

IMG_2872 edit

::: 2017.01.14-15 ::: bucharest, ro :::

::: workshop @ super/silent :::

saturday/sunday 14/15 january

ephemeral listening workhop, focusing on listening exercises, exploration of field recording and ‘alternative’ field recording methods, environmental interactions, sonic narrative, and radio art.

space is limited; please get in touch for more information and details.

2015-10-01 16.29.03 copy

::: songs for forgetting released! :::


i am very pleased to announce the release of songs for forgetting, my first solo lp, and my first physical release since 2012, on the great gruenrekorder record label from germany. this is the outcome of a successful kickstarter campaign and an intense production period for the unique, hand-made packaging with my designer vahram muradyan. the record (mastered by helmut erler at dubplates and mastering in berlin) is pressed by handle with care (also in berlin) and housed in a silk-screened, embossed sleeve made from recycled fiber especially for us by the historic räpina papermill here in southeast estonia. extensive liner notes, sound samples, and images can be found here on the release page.

the lp is available from gruenrekorder or directly from me for 20€ plus shipping (i’m asking a straightforward 30€ postpaid worldwide – if you’re in estonia ask me about hand delivery to save the shipping cost). here you can also find a digital download available from the gruenrekorder online shop for 10€.

::: €30 worldwide :::

::: homework – year 1 :::

my new work, the docks sing in strange tongues, is available for free download, or to stream above, on the first annual taâlem records compilation, ‘homework – year 1’, amongst 7 hours of music by many great artists and friends. some words from jean-marc boucher:

“homework – year 1” is the first volume in an ongoing series of compilations which will hopefully be released at the end of each year and will gather unreleased tracks recorded/finalised during the year by as many taâlem artists as possible.

the idea came from a cassette compilation named “opus 1” released in 1992 by the french label les nouvelles propagandes featuring brume and internal fusion amongst other french artists. the idea was to release each year tracks by the same artists. there were sadly no other editions…

inspired by this concept, we’ve asked every artist who had a release on taâlem during these past 15 years to contribute an unreleased track recorded/finalised in 2016.

a total of 52 artists have sent us a track for this first edition. most are still active, some have changed their project name, others got back from their retirement for this occasion!

we have unfortunately not been able to gather everyone… some artists have stopped creating music, some have disappeared, others we lost contact with and couldn’t get in touch again, others didn’t have enough time to contribute… we’ll try to gather even more artists next year!

::: kuulamispunkt :::

kuulamispunkt (listening point) is a mobile social sound installation, which appears in various locations around a city or town, usually in the context of a festival or other city-wide event, presenting hidden and not-so-hidden sounds to passersby in the form of an information booth. all sounds are live and location-specific. although not necessarily the original intention, the installation also creates a condusive environment for interaction and play, and many participants find themselves actively seeking the source of sound and exploring how their actions can affect it.

the first iteration of this installation happened in tartu, estonia during the UIT festival in august, 2016. the listening point appeared in nine locations over four days and served hundreds of listeners. below you can find a gallery of images from these locations, and a short recorded excerpt of the sounds discovered there.

the inaugural location for kuulamispunkt was in the front garden of the house hosting the UIT festival’s opening night concert. microphones were placed inside a 50mm drainage pipe sunk into the grass.

the second location was in the city center, outside the estonian writers union, under a rowan tree. contact microphones were placed in the tree, picking up the movement of the branches and the resonance of passing traffic in the wood.

the third location was next to the statue of peeter põld, a 19th-century estonian scientist and pedagogue, which is alongside a major road along the river. binaural microphones were placed in the statue’s ears, giving the listener a perfect stereo image from the statues perspective, and an idea of the noise peeter has to put up with all day and night.

the fourth location was along the river, listening to underwater sounds from one hydrophone mixed with the resonance of the riverside metal railings captured with a contact microphone.

the fifth location was on tartu’s townhall square, with contact microphones attatched to the large yellow frame put up to highlight to scenic view of the square, but the hollow metal structure provides a hidden unexpected amplifying resonance as well.

the sixth location was outside one of the festival venues, alongside a contruction site. omnidirectional microphones amplified the resonance inside the site’s safety fences.

the seventh location, on a very hot sunny day, was in the cool shade under a bridge along the river, with a pair of hydrophones capturing boat movement, dripping condensation, and some underwater life.

the eighth location was in a small park on a quiet street, where the public trash bins buzzed with life in the summer heat. the shape of the bins also resonanted the ambient sound, causing one listener to describe what she heard in the headphones as a ‘nightmarish science fiction cityscape, in a city of flies.’

the final location was at the site of the festival’s final performance, in an old industrial yard on the outskirts of town. here a magnetic coil picked up signals from the nearest building’s electrical installation.

::: 2016.09.10 ::: riga, lv :::

::: performance @ space textures X :::

w/ kate carr, simon whetham, solo operator, bērnu rīts, bred blondie, britis(c)h petroleum

saturday 10 september
goethe institut riga
torņa iela 1

i will be performing my live mix of field recording from the räpina papermill, accompanied my footage from the mill shot by my collaborator daniel allen. more details and links about the event’s other live performances, djs and visual artists:

Space Textures X

Kate Carr (Flaming Pines) [uk] – live

Simon Whetham [uk] – live

Murmer [us/ee] – live

Solo Operator (Kotä Records) [ru] – live

Bred Blondie (Kotä Records) [ru] – dj-set

Bērnu Rīts [lv] – live

Britis(c)h Petroleum [lv] – visuals

“Zebra” [de] – poetry film programm


::: 2016.08.23 ::: tartu, ee :::

::: performance @ tartu ülikooli muuseum :::

w/ dave phillips, tommi keränen, taavi tulev, daniel allen

tuesday 23 august
lossi 25
(museum ticket needed in case of rain)

helikoosolek returns with the first of it’s series of occasional events in tartu, featuring live performances in an amazing setting by:

dave phillips (CH)
tommi keränen (FI)
taavi tulev (EE)
patrick mcginley & daniel allen (EE/UK/US)



dp (aka dave phillips) re/searches and ponders existences and behaviourisms humanimalistically. sound as communication in direct and primal form, a language, a tool of metaphysics, a conscience and a consciousness. opposing the omnipresent restriction and reduction of life and living. sound communications that activate primordial shared emotions otherwise hidden under the debris of civilisation. inviting rumination, encouraging intervention, endorsing catharsis. therapeutical stimulation is acknowledged. sonic activism, ritual protest music.

dp is based in zürich, switzerland and has worked solo as dave phillips/dp since 1987. he is part of schimpfluch-gruppe since 1991 (with rudolf eb.er/runzelstirn & gurgelstøck, joke lanz/sudden infant etc.), co-founded ohne in 2000 (with tom smith, daniel löwenbrück, reto mäder), started the one-man-doom-project dead peni since 2004, co-founded fear of god in 1987 and has played in numerous bands, projects and collaborations.

dp has been sonically active for 30 years, has appeared on more than 200 releases and has played near to 500 concerts in 40 countries.

the VIDEO ACTION he will perform in tartu is an actionistic and physical performance accompanied by visuals. loops and samples of voice and objects are played live over prepared sonic structures and follow a compositional narrative. the visuals communicate personal and existential matters, questions, thoughts and criticisms, on personal, social and global levels. this set is an evocation of ‘humanimal’, a sonic ritual, a catharsis, an audio-visual exorcism or a type of neo-shamanist healing.




tommi keränen is a noise maker from helsinki. active since the late 1990s, he performs and records as a solo artist, and is a member of testicle hazard, large unit, köttskogen, gentle evil and the truckfuckers. He primary uses primitive electronics and non-standard digital synthesis – the resulting music is rugged slabs of vivid swirling noise. his discography consists of over two dozen entries ranging from cryptic tapes to critically acclaimed releases like the bats in the attic cd (among the wire’s rewind picks in 2010). he has collaborated with many artists including florian hecker, the incapacitants, lasse marhaug and phill niblock.



taavi tulev has produced and released several albums of music. he’s been making field recordings in nature for many years. besides that, his main work experience is in interior and architectural design and engineering.

creating soundscapes is a symbiosis of those two different fields of work. taavi’s ultimate goal is to make urban environments sound better.



patrick mcginley (aka murmer) is an american-born sound, performance, and radio artist who has been based in europe since 1996. since then he has been building a collection of found sounds and found objects that has 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 first visited southeast estonia, and relocated 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.

daniel allen produces work as an experimental photographer, and latterly an experimental filmmaker. he focuses on the estonian landscape and on human interaction with it, and on estonia as a transition society. these themes are expressed through the shared boundary between abstract painting and abstract photography; through a filmic examination of abandoned soviet military buildings; through modern estonian architecture, and the country’s remaining unmodernised traditional industry. he is an analogue film fan and is active in trying to bring experimental film to a wider audience through the experimental film evening, held regularly in tartu.

in 2015 mcginley and allen collected the material for their experimental documentary film about the old papermill in räpina. the material is being used in many different contexts: for the film itself, but also in exhibition, installation, and performance. for this event mcginley will improvise a live mix of field recordings from the mill, while allen will improvise a live mix of the video footage; sound and image react, coincide and conflict in an abstracted anti-representation of space.


::: 2016.08.17-20 ::: tartu, ee :::

::: installation @ Linnafestival UIT :::

wednesday 17 august – saturday 20 august
throughout the day, in various locations

throughout the tartu city festival UIT, my social sound installation kuulamispunkt (listening point) will appear around the city, sometimes near other events, sometimes on its own, presenting hidden and not-so-hidden sounds of tartu to passersby in the form of an information booth.

from the UIT website, in estonian:

Patrick McGinley on Ameerikas sündinud, ent Eestis resideeruv heli-, performance-, ja raadiokunstnik. Tema looming (nime all murmer) põhineb väikestel avastustel ja tähelepanu suunamisel, keskendudes leitud helidele, heli välisalvestistele ning leitud objektidele. Aastal 2002 rajas ta Framework Radio, mis esitleb iganädalast helivälitööde teemalist programmi. McGinley korraldab ka Eesti Rahva Muuseumis toimuvat töötubade sarja “Helikoosolek”.

Välisalvestaja (field recordist) on keegi, keda kohtab avalikus ruumis linlase perspektiivist nähtuna pigem kummaliste asjade heli lindistamas. McGinley sõnul tulevad möödujad üsna tihti küsima, et mida lindistaja parasjagu teeb. Patrick McGinley soovib seekord seda küsimust ennetada ja pakub möödujatele võimalust ise kuulatada.

Nelja päeva jooksul ootab Patrick McGinley heliinstallatsioon “Kuulamispunkt” kuulajaid Tartu eri paigus, et jagada nendega linna lähedalt kuulamise kogemust.

::: 2016.06.10 ::: hamburg, de :::

::: performance @ blurred edges festival :::

w/ nicolas list

friday, 10 june
brigittenstraße 5

as part of the blurred edges festival, i will be performing a live mix of found sounds and field recordings from the oldest continuously-operating industry in estonia, räpina paberivabrik (the räpina papermill), accompanied by video footage shot in the mill by british photographer and filmmaker daniel allen. this sound and video is the source material for our upcoming experimental documentary about the mill.


::: ruben guzman short films :::

i am extremely honored to announce that the amazing experimental documentary filmmaker rubén guzmán, from patagonia, has made two short film clips inspired by and featuring sounds from my upcoming LP release on gruenrekorder, songs for forgetting. i can’t recommend his work enough – if you have a chance to see any of his films, take it.

more about his work can be found here.

Screenshot 2016-05-18 17.53.43

::: 2016.05.21 ::: jyväskylä, fi :::

::: performance @ taavettilan riihi & talk @ ti-la 2016 :::

saturday, 21 may
performance: 17:00
seminaarinkatu 15
talk: 19:00
kauppakatu 19
both free entry

Pixelache visits Jyväskylä and its’ Yläkaupungin Yö -festival 21. of May. The program of the visit reaches also to the neighbouring municipality, Petäjävesi. The program is based on the Pixelache Festival 2015 – Living Spaces, organised in Helsinki in autumn 2015. The festival explored the thematics of cultural decentralisation.

From Pixelache 2015 – Living Spaces program, sound artist murmer (Estonia/US) will bring his ‘Echo Surveys’ sound art performance to Jyväskylä in Taavettila riihi (the oldest wooden building in Jyväskylä, Seminaarinkatu 15, Jyväskylä) at 17-18. All the sounds in the performance will be produced by the materials found in the Taavettila riihi or are pre-recorded in the same space. Murmer wants to create an unique and straight-forward connection to the space and the audience as well as maintain an aspect of risk or surprise in his performances. ‘Echo Surveys’ can be experienced as a performance or as a pop-in-out sound installation.

Visual artists Johanna Juvonen and Biagio Rosa lead (S)low communication -workshop in Toinila (Koulutie 8, Petäjävesi), Petäjävesi at 12 – 15. Communication and distortion of messages are explored in this open-to-all low tech art workshop. The workshop will include building slow communication tools and network from recycled materials for the Toinila art path.

Patrick McGinley (murmer) and Johanna Juvonen & Biagio Rosa talk about their work in ti-la 2016 -gallery (Kauppakatu 19, Jyväskylä) the same night at 19-21. Pixelache 2015 – Living Spaces Festival co-director John W. Fail will talk about the festival. The co-directors of the 2016 Pixelache Festival Interfaces for Empathy -festival Mari Keski-Korsu and Petri Ruikka will talk about Pixelache theme for this year. Pixelache 2016 – Interfaces for Empathy festival will bring program to Jyväskylä in November 2016.

The sound performance, workshop and other program is realised in collaboration with Live Herring Ry, Yläkaupungin Yö, Petäjävesi municipality and ti-la 2016 -gallery. Live Herring Ry. produces (S)low communication workshop in the context of ‘Placing Media Art on the Map’ -project.

Detailed program

At 12-15 Johanna Juvonen and Biagio Rosa: (S)low communication workshop in Toinila, Petäjävesi (Koulutie 8, Petäjävesi). The workshop is free of charge and suitable also for kids. Children under 7 years can take part together with their parents. The workshop has max 20 participants. Register to participate by sending email to info@iveherring.or or calling 050-305 3540 before 12.5. There’s an effort to organise shared rides to the workshop from Jyväskylä.

At 17-18 Sound artist murmer’s (Estonia/US) Echo Surveys sound performance in Taavettilan riihi (Seminaarinkatu 15, Jyväskylä).

At 19-21 Pixelache presents itself ti-la 2016 gallery (Kauppakatu 19, Jyväskylä)

Murmer from festival 2015 program will perform also in Rovaniemi 7. of May. The visit to Rovaniemi is organised in collaboration with Magneetti Ry. The collaboration in between Pixelache, Live Heriring and Magneetti will continue in autumn 2016 when program of Pixelache 2016 – Interfaces for Empathy will tour both Jyväskylä and Rovaniemi. The events are supported by Finnish Cultural Foundation.

::: kickstarter campaign launch! :::

i am very excited to announce the one of my favorite record labels, gruenrekorder in germany, has launched a kickstarter campaign to raise the funds to release my first full-length solo release since 2012, songs for forgetting. i know i can count on the support of listeners, friends and family to help make this happen. please help spread the word!

some words from gruenrekorder:

Gruenrekorder proudly presents songs for forgetting by Patrick McGinley AKA murmer.

To make this project come true we need your support on Kickstarter.

Since 2007, Patrick McGinley, AKA murmer, has been working on what will become his first full-length solo release since 2012: songs for forgetting. In 2016 Gruenrekorder will release these 45min of great field recordings from Germany, France, Spain and Estonia as a vinyl LP.

The project has a unique story:

The ca. 45 minutes of recordings are going to be released on a 180g heavy vinyl. Delivered with a unique sleeve, produced by friends and supporters of the artist Patrick McGinley, the whole project supporting a creative community in Estonia, where Patrick lives with his family. The outer sleeve, designed by the Armenian illustrator Vahram Muradyan, will be produced from 100% locally-sourced recycled card from the oldest continuously-operating industry in the country, the Räpina Papermill, and will be printed, locally as well, on the historical machines at studio.tartuensis.

For more information about this great project please visit our Kickstarter page!

We need your support to make this project happen!

We are aiming to create an artwork as visually worthwhile as the audio it contains. This involves paper, vinyl, printing, love and time. For it to be worthwhile, we need to know there is an audience for a physical release in these days of digital, online media. By backing this project you help to bring it into the world. Without your support and appreciation, it just can’t happen.

By supporting our project you will receive amazing rewards, like the record itself, a handmade designed tote-bag, a special self-made item from Patrick’s home in Põlgaste…


Visit Kickstarter and support this really great project, so we can make an object that looks and feels as good as it sounds.


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::: 2016.05.07 ::: rovaniemi, fi :::

::: talk @ napa-gallery & performance @ värinä gallery :::

saturday, 7 may
talk: 14:00
Kairatie 3
performance: 18:00
Valtakatu 19
both free entry

As a part of Pixelache 2015 Living Spaces festival touring program, sound artist murmer (Estonia/US) perform in Rovaniemi on the 7th of May. Murmer will bring his ‘Echo Surveys’ sound art performance to Culture House Valsa, soon to be torn down house in the centre of the town. All the sounds in the performance will be produced by the materials found in the Valsa house or pre-recorded in the same space. Murmer creates a unique and straight-forward connection to the space and the audience while maintaining an aspect of risk or surprise in his performances. ‘Echo Surveys’ can be experienced as a performance or as a pop-in-out sound installation.

Patrick McGinley (murmer) talks about his work in Napa -gallery the same day at 14 – 16. Pixelache 2015 – Living Spaces co-director John Fail will tell about the 2015 festival, as well as the co-directors for year 2016 Interfaces for Empathy -festival, Mari Keski-Korsu and Petri Ruikka, will talk about the theme for this year’s festival. Pixelache 2016 – Interfaces for Empathy festival will bring program to Rovaniemi again in November 2016.


The program is produced in collaboration with Pixelache, Northern Media Culture Association Magneetti ry, Napa-gallery and Culture Association Valsa.

Detailed program
At 14-16 Murmer and Pixelache in Napa-gallery (Kairatie 3, Rovaniemi)
At 18-19 murmer’s ‘Echo Surveys’ -performance in Culture House Valsa (Valtakatu 19, Rovaniemi)

Murmer from festival 2015 program will perform also in Jyväskylä 21. of May. The visit to Jyväskylä is organised in collaboration with Live Herring Ry. The collaboration between Pixelache, Live Herring and Magneetti will continue in autumn 2016 when program of Pixelache 2016 – Interfaces for Empathy will tour both Jyväskylä and Rovaniemi. The events are supported by Finnish Cultural Foundation.

Northern Media Culture Association Magneetti ry is an organisation which gives exposure to northern artists and connects them to the international art world. Our foundations lie in internationalism and professionalism. Magneetti was set up in 2005 by Jetta Huttunen, Minna Rainio and Mark Roberts.

::: 2015.11.26 ::: london, uk :::

::: performance/presentation @ london college of communication :::

thursday, 26 november

Patrick will be presenting, in the context of his approach to field recording and environmental sound at large, sounds and images from the Räpina Papermill, the oldest continuously-operating industry in Estonia, where he had been recording and filming extensively over the past few years for various projects, in particular the upcoming documentary film ‘The Mill’ with collaborator Daniel Allen.


::: 2015.11.24 ::: oxford, uk :::

::: presentation @ playground :::

w/ debbie fieldhouse & christopher morley

tuesday, 24 november
arts at the old fire station
40 george street, oxford

Ep.25: The one with Sonic Bicycles, Documentaries from Estonia, and collaborative music making

Less than a week to go until some of the most exciting and fresh off the oven art projects are coming to an arts centre near you!

Tuesday 24th November, 7pm at the Gallery of Arts at the Old Fire Station Playground will be bringing you…..

Debbie Fieldhouse, straight out of the Contemporary Arts MA at Oxford Brookes, will be bringing her wondrous “Velophones” for you to experience up close! Do you like bikes? Do you like sounds? You should be getting very excited about this one! Some of Debbie’s work https://vimeo.com/user17376793

Patrick McGinley (aka Murmer) who some of you might have seen using the Hollywell Music Room as a percussion instrument in last year’s Audiograft festival, will be showing the makings of his recent documentary film, about a Peppermill in Southeast Estonia. His site: http://www.murmerings.com/

Christopher Morley (aka Crusoe) is a musician and composer who likes getting people to collaborate by adding and/or changing his music in real-time! Get your music loving fingers into that pie! Ie: https://soundcloud.com/the-diplomatic-core/satans-clans-are-coming-to-town-28102015

See you on Tuesday! Don’t forget to bring your curiosity, playfulness and of course your Instant Noodles!

Play nicely


::: 2015.11.17 ::: london, uk :::

::: presentation @ goldsmiths :::

tuesday, 17 november
cinema, richard hoggart building

Music Research Series and SPRS present:
Patrick McGinley, AKA murmer
One Square Meter: Small Scale Sonic Exploration

McGinley presents his experiments in small-scale sonic exploration.

We will examine and discuss perspective, perception, attention and focus through sonic surveys of small or unexpected spaces, as in his ongoing projects ‘One Square Meter’ and ‘Hidden Sounds’.

The Music Research Series is designed to help postgraduate students advance their research and careers. The events stimulate exchange, hones skills, facilitates the creation of professional networks and helps to consolidate the department’s postgraduate community, all over a glass of wine! Attendance is strongly recommended for all postgraduate students (MA, MMus and PGR) in Music but of course undergraduates, music researchers, and visitors from across the college and the community are also most welcome to these public lectures.