patrick mcginley, alias MURMER, is an american sound artist living in europe since 1996. now establisehd in estonia (like his friend john grzinich), his work has always been based upon found sounds and found objects. his work concentrates on the framing of sounds from our environment which normally pass through our ears unnoticed and unremarked but which out of context become unrecognisable, alien and extraordinary.
his past works were published on various labels like ground fault recordings, icr (a collaboration with jonathan coleclough), drone records or helen scarsdale agency. he's also a member of the REVENANT collective (together with john grzinich, yannick dauby, hitoshi koji and many others) and has a weekly radioshow named "framework" devoted to field recordings.
"specular reflection (liquid solid redux 2000-2010)" is a kind of experiment for patrick, he has recreated an exquisite drone track from 2000 (previously released on a cdr published by absurd) with modern techniques, as opposed to the rawer material he had at the time. rain sounds, bells, let yourself immerge in "specular reflection"...
released January 21, 2012
"liquid solid" was originally composed in 2000, released by absurd records on the album "definition" in 2003.
the source recordings were made on minidisc and reworked on old cassette 4-track.
in 2010, as a sort of game, or perhaps exercise in concentration, i decided to recreate the piece as closely as possible using the original source material and the computer techniques i hadn't had 10 years previous.
this is the result.
this piece is dedicated to gordon.
photography: patrick mcginley
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