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 organisation 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 unrecognisable, alien and extraordinary: crackling charcoal, a squeaking escalator, a buzzing insect, or one’s own breath.
murmer's most recent solo work, we share a shadow, was published in late 2007 by the helen scarsdale agency in san francisco. in 2008 prele records published the first document of the collective revenant:sound project, entitled revenant:topolo. revenant:sound comprises explorations in site-specific sound actions, performances, presentations, and workshops, and has been a main focus over the past two years. please visit the revenant:sound website for more information. 2010 should see the publication of several new murmer projects, as well as further solo and revenant:sound activities.