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patrick tubin 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 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.

murmer’s work is about small discoveries and concentrated attention; it focuses on the framing of the 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. he works equally with spaces, objects, resonances, and people, in composition, performance, or simply collective action and experience, in exploration of perception via attentive listening.

::: writings :::

photo by hitoshi kojo

::: discography :::

::: compilations :::

  • NA phonographic mornings (online, EMOTW, 2017): october sibilant (for michael northam) 
  • homework – year 1 (online, taâlem, 2016): the docks sing in strange tongues
  • framework500 (3cdr, framework editions, 2015): signal from the dam
  • 1 minute autohypnosis #26 (online/cdr, mute sound, 2015): minute
  • a quiet position: form​(​at​)​, flora & fauna (online, engraved glass, 2013): tape found on my mother’s dashboard
  • somewhere on the edge (online, gruenrekorder, 2012): spontaneous fermentation
  • the sound ecology: range (cd, nitkie, 2011): strata
  • framework250 (4cdr, framework editions, 2009): many hands, no eyes
  • dérives (cd, universinternational, 2008): suletud ruum (w/ jgrzinich)
  • soundrawing (book and cd, transacoustic research, 2007): lines of breath
  • kunst.ee: helikunsti eri (cd/magazine, kunst.ee, 2006): field recording in mooste
  • phonography.org 6 (cd, p.org, 2004): 38,000 for madrid
  • presque museifu: phonographic migrations 1 (collective cd, tiramizu, 2004)
  • prosit zur letzten tide (cd, hörbar, 2003): elbe/ellbe/belle/bells
  • phonography.org 4 (cd, p.org, 2003): buzzing intercom, gospel oak
  • phonography.org composers 2 (cd, phonography.org, 2002): liquid solid (compressed)
  • phonography.org 3 (cd, phonograhy.org, 2002): burning charcoal
  • phonography.org 2 (cd on phonography.org, 2002): escalator at pimlico tube station
  • chaleur (lp, gmbh, 2001): ash, like falling snow