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

How much time would you like Kris? I'll see what I can do.
-----Original Message-----
From: Kris Hartung [mailto:khartung@cableone.net]
Sent: Wednesday, December 07, 2005 1:09 PM
To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
Subject: Re: The MRI and Looping: For Ambient & Experimental Music?

That would be outstanding. Perhaps putting the recording in the control room of the MRI facility and having the wires run into the room, two stereo microphones on either side of the machine would be ideal, but that may not be feasible. Even a basis minidisc recorder with a small stereo microphone attached would be good enough raw material for me!  :)
Your comment about the headphones explains why the headphones they put on me were attached to plastic tubing that ran to the control room...just the like good ol' fashion communication system in boats and submarines!  I think a mic would be fine outside the machine. When I had my MRI, there were plenty of objects in the room around the machine...I just couldn't have any metallic objects on my body inside it. They were really concerned about that. I was shot in the leg by a .357 magnum when I was a teenager, which left several pieces of soft lead in my leg, which were removed surgically. That was enough for them to open their manual and search for data on that caliber of gun, types of bullets, copper vs. lead shells, etc. 

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, December 06, 2005 5:01 PM
Subject: 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