::: .murmer :::
::: bake records ::: cdr ::: 2002 ::: download :::
the source recordings for .murmer were all taken during my first six months as a resident of the city of london. hence they document my exploration and discovery of a new home, as well as of a new medium. i purchased my first recorder and microphone upon arrival here, and began exploring their possibilities alongside exploring the city. however, these sounds are not a portrait of a location; i made no attempt to map a geography. they are more personal. many originate from within my private space (the refrigerator and grill provided in a bedsit; the wind through an apartment window) and all are tied strongly to my personal movements (the air vent on my local bus, the heater in my place of work). what ties them together is that they are all new sounds, for me as well as (hopefully) for my listener, that caught me unawares and demanded to be given attention. that is what i have attempted to do.
- .rumer (25:43): modem and telephone line
- .errum (14:07): air vent on a 73 bus, malfunctioning gas heater, feedback, escalator at pimlico tube station
- .meurm (11:56): refrigerator, gas grill
- .rumme (6:01): unidentified tape loop, 3 182-cm. long metal pipes of varying diameters
- .ummer (1:16): modem and telephone line
- .mmeru (11:17): air vent in a red austin mini, wind whistling through a 3rd storey window, air vent on a 73 bus
all compositions and source recordings made between january and june 1999 using minidisc, stereo microphone, analogue 4-track, reverb, distortion, and digital and analogue tape delay. unidentified tape loop constructed by simon f.
Arriving in London a few years ago, American born Patrick McGinley began documenting the banal ambience of his immediate surrounds, be it his apartment or anonymous forms of mass transit. Wind, refrigerator hum, malfunctioning gas heaters, an air vent on the 73 bus, modern data streams and a tube station escalator make up the base material of his effective lowercase debut as Murmer. Working a simple setup of four-track recorder and delay pedals, he transforms these raw recordings into glowing compositions of delicately pulsating drones. .murmer is his introspective reconstruction of the novelty of his big city experience.
::: jim haynes ::: the wire #223 :::
::: roel meelkop ::: vital weekly #323 :::
::: jeremy keens ::: ampersandetc. 2002_09 :::