Miscellaneous Music

World Heart Day 2022 : Arrhythmia Suite I recorded days before 2020 Paris lockdown

A poignant recording of the first piece of the Arrhythmia Suite made soon after the EnPRO arrived at IRCAM, and just before the COVID lockdown in Paris in March 2020. The music is a transcription of the heart rhythms in pacing-induced ventricular tachycardia stopped by anti-tachycardia pacing.

The electrocardiographic (ECG) trace from an electrophysiology procedure by Pier Lambiase was extracted by Michele Orini and annotated above. The music was put together in 2017 during a summer fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard with the help of three Radcliffe Research Partners, Ashwin Krishna, Daniel Soberanes, and Matthew Ybarra.

The process of making these pieces is described in this video:

and in this article:

Chew, E. (2021). On Making Music with Heartbeats. In E. R. Miranda (ed.): Handbook of Artificial Intelligence for Music, Chapter 9, pp. 237-261. Springer: Cham, Switzerland. doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-72116-9_9 / hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-03081561