Patrick Tubin McGinley (1975, USA/Estonia), AKA murmer, is a composer and artist working with sound, site, radio, film, and performance. Since the mid-1990’s he has built a collection of found sounds and found objects that have become the basis of his work, along with techniques of site-specific sonic intervention and interaction. In 2002 he founded framework radio, and since then has produced a weekly field recording-focused radio show heard around the world. He gives presentations, workshops, and performances based on the exploration of site-specific sound with his ongoing Echo Surveys project, while in performance his interest in field recording has expanded into an attempt to integrate and resonate found sounds, found objects, specific spaces, and moments in time, in order to create a direct and visceral link with an audience and location.
My work is about small discoveries and concentrated attention; focusing on the framing of sounds which normally pass through our ears unnoticed and unremarked, but which out of context become unrecognisable, alien and extraordinary: crackling charcoal, a squeaking escalator, a buzzing insect, or one’s own breath.