Biomedicine in museums

Medical soundscape

By December 8, 2008 No Comments

In continuation of our former post on the auditory space of contemporary medicine —  listen here to sound artist John Wynne‘s recordings of the medical soundscape at Harefield heart hospital, aired in BBC3’s Between the Ears slot in June.

I guess the idea of the programme was to use the medical sounds as background illustrations to the interviews with the patients in the clinic. As such they do their work well. But I would also like to see a reversal of front and backstage — that is, bringing medical sounds to the forefront, analogous to the way, for example Jacob Kirkegaard creates musical compositions out of ‘natural’ biomedical sounds.

(thanks to Gustav and Speechification for the tip)

Thomas Söderqvist

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