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RE: The MRI and Looping: For Ambient & Experimental Music?

I have connections and could probably sneak into one, the challenge is recording it with something non-magnetic.  It's been a challenge to design headphones that won't rip off your head (read that as you like;-) ) or mess up the images.  Let me think about a technique....
-----Original Message-----
From: Kris Hartung [mailto:khartung@cableone.net]
Sent: Tuesday, December 06, 2005 5:26 PM
To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
Subject: The MRI and Looping: For Ambient & Experimental Music?

I just had a most exhilarating experience: my first MRI (on my lower back).  This was amazing. I laid down on a sliding table, and they pushed me into a sarcophagus like tube with mere inches around my entire body.  They put large headphones on my head, and then for the next 30 minutes I was eased into a seemingly euphoric and meditative state. What I heard were a series of interesting sounds...from jackhammer-like hammering, to buzzing or vibrating cycles, bizarre sci-fi industrial like sounds, and so on. It was delightful.  The MRI technician said it was a rarity for someone to actually enjoy that procedure.  At one point in time, I was in a half waking/dream state and was awoke by my leg twitching.  I could have stayed in there most of the day. And the amazing thing is that when I asked about the source of the sounds, he said they were not mechanically generated; rather, around my body, encased in metal, was a giant electrical coil surrounded by helium, chilled down to a cool minus 270 degrees.  The sounds were a result of changes they were making in the electrical current and the resulting vibrations to the machine. Unbelievable...not sure how all that produces an image of my back, however.
...anyway, I started thinking, I would love to have that 30 minutes captured on a digital recorder so that I could use it for looping or as an ambient backdrop to my more experimental looping.
Are there any MRI technicians on the list?
Krispen Hartung
Improvisational Looping Guitarist
Discography: http://cdbaby.com/all/khartung