bloodless

by Caroline McKenzie

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This is the sister album to "the amnesiac's book of ghosts".

carolinemckenzie.bandcamp.com/album/the-amnesiacs-book-of-ghosts


Between the 5th and 13th January 2017, I was in hospital for major surgery.

I couldn't sleep for any more than an hour or so at a time, even when given medication to help. Being winter, it was mostly dark, which added to the disorientation - time became notional. Confined to bed and hundreds of miles from home, everything became part of an abstract, unreachable "Outside" - an endless nowhere.

What little I did sleep was accompanied by vividly soundtracked dreams, all blurred, droning, pulsing noises. These were sometimes similar to the machine and environmental noises I could hear around me; as such, I was occasionally uncertain if I was awake or not (or maybe in some state in-between). "bloodless" attempts to capture this - both the sounds and the dislocation, isolation and intensity of that time.

It's a beginning of sorts.

CJM, 12th March 2017.

credits

released March 20, 2017

Thank you to everyone who wished me their best and especially to those who sent cards, gifts and flowers: Christine, Brian, Andrew, Angela, John, Lynsey, Morag, Ann, Marie-Therese and all in Team Murray.

An extra, special thank you is due to Angela for her tremendous help at such a critical time.

Finally, my thanks to all at the Nuffield Health Hospital in Brighton and at Sandyford Central in Glasgow without whom there would be an empty, soundless space where I used to be.

Machine noise, voice and photograph- Brighton, January 2017.
All other sounds - Glasgow, January-February 2017.

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Caroline McKenzie Glasgow, UK

various noises, made at various times, in various ways, using various things.

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