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

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Way cool! Looking forward to it!
KH: I might have something to share before Jan 5.

It *is* all about the type of metal and distance. The problem is that if someone carelessly brings something metallic into the room, by the time someone figures out if it's a problem or not, it has shot out of the person's hand and flown into the gantry...not good.
KH: That's true. There was on instance of a case here in Boise where a nurse from a different department walked into the MRI chamber with a metal cart, and it caused about $200K of damage to the machine when it was sucked it in.
Now if Santa can get me a performance, pedal-based looper with the ease of a Boomerang but no noise and multiple undo's and fading, I'll be busy cranking...
KH: Yes!!! Like I said in a thread a few months ago, I want a stereo EDP crammed into the size of the EDP foot conroller. We do have the technology, I think...it would just be damn expensive.
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From: Kris Hartung [mailto:khartung@cableone.net]
Sent: Saturday, December 17, 2005 5:55 PM
To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
Subject: Re: The MRI and Looping: For Ambient & Experimental Music?

Well, I got my Xmas wish....one of my musical collegues has a friend at Standford University. He recorded an entire MRI session for me with a Sony mindisk and external mic. He said the whole bit about absolutely no metal objects being in the room is nonesense....maybe that was for older machines? Not sure.  It depends on the type of metal and the distance from the machine.  I'll send you all out the piece of music I write with these clips as soon as I'm done. :)  I plan on manipulating the clips with some EQ, VST effects, etc and then using them as a backdrop for some experimental/abstract looping. Fun!
Thanks all for all the great input and discussion.
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Sent: Tuesday, December 06, 2005 4:25 PM
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