Conet Project: Recordings of Short Wave
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Repressed! All-time cult classic shortwave radio transmission CD. Numbers stations are found all over the shortwave spectrum. They emit unusual transmissions of synthesized voices reading sets of phonetic letters and or numbers. The origin of these stations is in dispute. Their purpose is unclear. There are many dozens of different signal types on the air, each run by different organizations. Some of these organizations should have been closed down after the end of the cold war, yet they continue to transmit like clockwork. No one has ever compiled a set of numbers stations recordings for sale to the public. Until now. The Conet Project: a quadruple CD of 150 recordings covering 25 years of numbers station activity, with detailed logs, essays, and a definitive lookup table of all known numbers stations, including morse numbers stations. An invaluable and fascinating resource for all listeners, this is the definitive reference work on the mysterious field of numbers stations, containing very rare recordings from as early as 1971 and up to date examples of currently operating stations. The quadruple CD comes with an 80 page perfect bound booklet in two jewel cases, with a post card.
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When I heard about this boxset I pretty much knew I had to have it. The label, Irdial, has actually made the recordings available for free download on the internet, and you can also download a PDF of the brochure, but I wanted the package, which is actually very nice! The broadcasts were definitely not made with any artistic intentions, but what Irdial has done is indeed a work of art.
I had a shortwave radio as a kid and would go to the rooftop of my apt. building to listen to all kinds of stuff, like Radio Moscow ("Welcome to Moscow Mailbag") as well as ranting and raving about "imperialistas yanquis" from Cuba. There's all kinds of other weird stuff, like Universal Time stations, weird noises, and the mysterious "numbers stations", which are the subject matter of this collection. I had no idea what these were at the time.
Listening to these recordings is truly surreal. On one hand it is incredibly mundane, with either a totally bored-sounding human or an electronically generated voice reading off numbers and letters. On the other hand listening to these while thinking about the possible hidden messages is quite creepy. It's quite possible that at least some of these messages were instructions that lead to someone's death or "disappearance". What adds to the surrealistic effect is the goofy music, or in one case cartoon character voice, that bookends the reading of the numbers. Particularly creepy is the use of a little girl's voice in one of them! For full effect, listen to these while driving late at night, especially away from the city lights. Try to image yourself listening to instructions while undercover.
Some of it is just bleeps and blurbs, sometimes mixed with the whining and roaring electromagnetic jamming devices, which attempt to block the transmissions. This stuff can sound like the "musique concrete" of early experimental electronic recording artists.
The booklet is amazingly detailed and comprehensive. Irdial have gone through great lengths to put this together and are to be comnended for it.
Clearly this is not for everybody, but people fascinated by espionage, and people with a taste for the quirky and bizarre will dig it. I can't say that I'm likely to play it very often, although it would be fun to sneak in a piece or two into the playlist at a party :)! It actually makes for fun interludes on iPod shuffles. One side benefit for me is that I am learning how to count in Romanian!
UNU DOI TREI PATRU CINCI
TERMINAT! TERMINAT! TERMINAT!
there's four discs. and there's a very nice booklet included as well with all the info you need about the recordings and some essays about the numbers stations.
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The current re-press of The Conet Project is identical to the original, in every detail but one. This edition has 4 CDs, the 80 page booklet and *two* postcards instead of one.
The second postcard will enable you to take part in a world-wide experiment we are unleashing, called "The Conet Project: Six Degrees of Separation". We are using these cards to attempt to track down the staff that operated Numbers Stations in the past, wherever in the world they are now living.
Everyone on earth is connected to everyone else; it only takes six steps to get from any one person to any other person on the planet, hence the phrase 'Six Degrees of Separation'. If this really is the case, then we should be able to track down people who worked in Numbers Stations from the last three decades, simply by deploying the special cards that we have produced.
Hopefully the people that we are able to locate (and that are willing to divulge their secrets to us) will have kept a private, detailed record of what they did, the decisions that were made, who made them, why, and everything else we are keen to know. We may finally find out why a little girl's voice was thought to be appropriate for use in a Numbers Station!
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