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

Wow, what a challenging recording environment!  What about the light bulbs in the room? I could have sworn I saw a variety of things that had metal on them, and I wasn't even on vallium, I swear. Let me know what you find out.
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From: paul
Sent: Wednesday, December 07, 2005 8:03 PM
Subject: Re: The MRI and Looping: For Ambient & Experimental Music?

I was talking with one of the techs at the hospital where I work about this discussion. He told me that there is nothing metal in the room. In fact if you have a tattoo, they pack it in ice because something in the ink reacts to the high magnetism and makes it really hot. I asked about the Microphone they have in the room and he was telling me that all the communication wiring is done with fiber optics. I was wondering about using a couple of contact pickups, I have a few McIntyres kicking around here, on the door or the window and seeing what it would pickup. If I get a chance, I can ask about it if you like.


Ontario, Canada

At 02:09 PM 12/7/2005, you wrote:

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.