Patrick McGinley (aka murmer) is an American-born sound and performance artist who has lived and worked in Europe since 1996. From 1996 until 1998 he lived in Paris, where he studied theatre, and began his sound experiments in the context of those studies. moving to London in 1998, he began a collection of found sounds and found objects that would become the basis of all his work. he has composed works for several theatre performances, including the works of his own company, as well as performing live soundworks for others. In 2002 he co-founded framework, an organization that produces a weekly radio show on London's resonance104.4fm. His work concentrates on the framing of sounds from our environment which normally pass through our ears unnoticed and unremarked, but which out of context become unrecognizable, alien and extraordinary: crackling charcoal, a squeaking escalator, a buzzing insect, or one’s own breath.
More recently McGinley has been giving presentations, workshops, and
performances based on the exploration of site-specific sound and sound as
definition of space, alone and in collaboration with artists such as John Grzinich,
Maksims Shentelevs, Yannick Dauby and Hitoshi Kojo. In live performance his
initial interest in field recording has developed 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.