25 September 2007

Motorik MRI

Had an MRI for my whiplashed neck this morning. The experience leading up to it was somewhat nerve-wracking, but only until the kind gentleman manning the station turned on the machine beast of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging apparatus.

The protocol is simple. You dress in drab 2001 space scrubs, they strap you down mental ward stylee, then the radiological staff ushers you into a pure white circular chamber whose diamater barely exceeds the size of one's corpus. The experience is very Sci-Fi and the time spent within, once the machine has been powered, hypnotic.

(Betty MRI and her MRI machine device + patient. Image supplied by Google Images)

An MRI is a motorik symphony, rhythmic and structured, tantamount to a Wicker Park or Brooklyn experimentalist's art noise suite, but far better and with more relevant and scientific applications...true high art in the weirdest way one could never really expect from a modern human imaging machine.

The kind gentleman of the laboratory asks you to close your eyes and flips a switch that ignites a bassy tremolo -- the foundation rhythm of the motorik medical symphony -- which reminds one of the heart's beat when shaken by an unfortunate event, or struck by a Cupid's arrow. From the foundation rhythm, layers and layers of Krautish noise and Moog sounds are heaped on systematically, with algorithimic precision, and the symphony has begun.

Throughout, textures emerge and disappear -- and resurface -- in dramatic fashion, with the swirling heartbeat bass in tact. Tense, vivid structuring, sounds coming and going, peaks and valleys, harmonies of drone cords and cords within cords. Sort of perfect music framed by the beauty of repetition.

It is impossible to imagine that those put to music couldn't derive inspiration from the MRI's industrial suite of machine noise.

From this MRI music, in this case, the deepest reaches of the neck are imaged, rendered, and ready for analysis.

Go buy three MRI machines today if you can. Now, I will say that you might not be able to do on account of financial constraints/priorities, but you should try if you must.

Trying is the most important thing you can do. Always try hard, but also make sure to believe in yourself through thick and thin. Even when things aren't looking so bright.

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