Most of my work incorporates recordings of unusual sounds or ambiances from daily life. The Cardiovascular Medical Unit piece started with a recording of my heartbeat that was done on the two track reel to reel. A second tape machine plays a collage that was assembled from other hospital sounds recorded at the end of March. A solid state sine wave oscillator is being gated by a vintage General Radio burst generator and 40s era RCA tube driven sine wave oscillator is being played through a guitar effects device with a pedal controlling amplitude.
The piece expresses the symbiotic relationship between man and machine in modern western medicine and the uncomfortable emotional state produced by a trip to the hospital.
In March of this year the Science Museum in London announced the results of a remix competition celebrating the works of electro-acoustic pioneer Daphne Oram. The track “DO3” took second place in the event that was judged by The Wire Magazine, DJ Spooky and Brian Eno.
Irish film maker Michael Dodds has just completed a short film using the February piece from 12FM.