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I’ve been tempted to write a drum part with the heart beat as the foundation for a long time. I had the idea to tell the story of a newborn with congenital heart disease through the stages of pre-operative life, cardiac surgery, and post-op ICU care. I chose Truncus Arteriosus as the specific lesion because of the rapid neonatal course and the rich sonic landscape it provides. To “spice” things up a bit, I incorporated all sorts of physical exam findings and arrhythmias into the piece (and took a few percussive liberties to make it easier on the ears).
Clem, Aaron, "Truncus - the Odyssey" (2021). Child Health Research Institute Pediatric Research Forum. 23.