MRI Scan Symphony

Today I try to describe the sounds heard from the machine when I had my first MRI Scan and ponder the question: Is it music?

I had thought this was going to be a very boring half-hour with nothing to do but keep still and put up with it. I had no idea this would be such an entertaining time.

You may experience a little noise he said.

That was no kind of warning for what happened.

It started off innocuously enough. There were whirring and clicking sounds, something that sounded like a small pump and a little heart beat sound in the background.

It was all really quite relaxing – I may well nod off I thought.

Then more sounds were being introduced, something like in ┬áMike Oldfields “Tubular Bells”, but without any melody.

After a while it’s beginning to sound like I’m at a gig of some (How shall I put it?) electronic, synthesiser band that’s gone heavy metal.

I am beginning to enjoy this. This is not boring at all. In fact, I am so entertained that I am beginning  to wish I had a recording device so I could play it back at some time.



So much for keeping still. I must have jumped six feet.

This goes on for a while but then stops and I get a reprise of the earlier sounds.

There may l have been a new section here but with my bad memory it may well have been some of the earlier sounds again.

It’s just beginning to get slightly boring now, getting a bit repetitive, when sounds start dropping out and it’s not long before I am back outside.

Was it music?


It was entertaining, it sounded to me like music. With a bit of editing you might even get something that people would listen to, maybe, even pay for.


The only against I can think of at the moment is that it was not written by a human being, just the by-product of a machine doing it’s thing.

If anybody has any views about this, either for or against, I would love to hear from you.

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