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RE: The MRI and Looping: For Ambient & Experimental Music?
Not for the claustrophobic. I'm no longer elegible as I have a fair amount
of (magnetic) surgical steel in my right arm. The low-tech machines that
I've experienced were VERY, VERY LOUD. Even with earplugs, it sounded like
gang of bikers driving around & around inside my skull. I like a good
but where's the melody?
>From: "Kris Hartung" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: The MRI and Looping: For Ambient & Experimental Music?
>Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2005 16:25:46 -0700
>I just had a most exhilarating experience: my first MRI (on my lower
> This was amazing. I laid down on a sliding table, and they pushed me
>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
>of interesting sounds...from jackhammer-like hammering, to buzzing or
>vibrating cycles, bizarre sci-fi industrial like sounds, and so on. It
>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
>in there most of the day. And the amazing thing is that when I asked
>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
>were a result of changes they were making in the electrical current and
>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
>ambient backdrop to my more experimental looping.
>Are there any MRI technicians on the list?
>Improvisational Looping Guitarist