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MURMER - Framework 1-4

Format: do-CD
Label & Cat.Number: Herbal International 1202-2
Release Year: 2012
Note: MURMER is creating music out of sounds that usually slip through our conscious minds - music for full attentiveness, following every moment of time.. the FRAMEWORK compositions consist of untreated field recordings that were usually made in experimental way... very concrete, pure, silent, loud, mysterious, bizarre... all sounds found between 2003-2011
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"the framework compositions are a series of experiments with untreated field recordings, exploring notions of musicality within the structures of found sound. the compositions were created with differing sets of self-imposed rules: framework 1 (whose sources were all recorded in paris, france in march/april 2003) was recorded, edited and composed entirely on a single minidisc with no overdubbing or alterations to the sounds or their relative levels; framework 4 (originally released on the soundwalk editions blog) is an experiment in sonic perception via the contrasts of resonance in different indoor and outdoor spaces; and frameworks 2 & 3 are both long-form works of multi-layered sonic environments originally commissioned as radio works (for the radia network and silenceradio, respectively). framework 3 also explores the use of voice as a musical tool within a larger public soundscape, and includes sounds produced by a group of workshop participants in an attempt to actively resonate and interact with a specific space, both of which call into question a recordist's position as passive spectator. as an artist working with field recording who considers himself a musician, these works were in some way a reaction against this idea of documentary or objective presentation of found sound. if every microphone is a frame, can the works born via their vibrations be disconnected from a recordist's perspective, decision, action, or emotion? these works could be said to represent a momentary perception of a place and time, or perhaps a conglomeration of overlapping memories and impressions of past moments, activities, and spaces.

all sounds found between 2003 and 2011.
vocal performance on framework 3 [swarm] improvised on a caf terrace in the south of france by mari kalkun and piibe kolka.
sleeve design by lewisdoesdesign.com, with images by patrick mcginley.

disc 1
1, framework 1 [paris cuts] ::: 14:19
2, interlude [tengmalms owl] ::: 3:00
3, framework 2 [ce soir on va se faire chier] ::: 32:57
4, epilogue [seaside flagpoles] ::: 4:00

disc 2
1, framework 3 [swarm] ::: 35:00
2, interlude [thunder & cranes] ::: 3:00
3, framework 4 [4 spaces] ::: 15:00
4, epilogue [irrigation drain] ::: 4:00" [label info]

"murmer (Patrick McGinley) 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 (with the revenant project) 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 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." [biography info]


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