“Aural Equivalent of Crop Circles”

This was too weird not to mention. An album called the “The CONET Project” at the archive.org that is, well, numbers being read over shortwave radio. The imagination (with, you know, good chemical additives) goes wild with speculation.

I could not resist listening to the Hungarian one (I happen to know the language a bit) and two things are obvious: it’s a kid reciting the numbers and it’s obviously been sliced together. Just plain creepy.

In a bit of linky-exchange Dave has a good write up with lots of related links.

9 thoughts on ““Aural Equivalent of Crop Circles”

  1. Heuristics Inc.

    Oh yeah, I remember hearing about these a few years back. There’s a Porcupine Tree album that samples one of these at the end of a song… unfortunately I can’t remember which one. Someone on the mailing list identified the source of the sample.

  2. Grant

    Yah, I’m wondering about sampling these too.. I _really_ want to. It’s just so, uhm, creepy. yah, that’s it, creepy.

    I can’t imagine that the actual “rights holder” will come out of the woodwork to complain, being that they are what they are.

    It’s even creepier to run across one of those with an actual shortwave radio in the middle of the night.

  3. ztutz

    Man, this is a cool set of tracks!

    I once created a piece in which a local station broadcast a live electronic performance overnight. I’ve since run into other people who do the same as part of their own art.

    Highly recommended. Don’t just sample these – try it yourself!

  4. ztutz

    Looks like these specific samples aren’t too fresh; you’ll want to sample the ether directly to avoid legal hassles. From http://www.iainrowan.com:

    “Fernandez is the owner of Irdial Records, a record label which had long been releasing avant-garde music, and through Irdial he released The Conet Project, a four CD set with over 150 recordings of the music of the shortwave, accompanied by a eighty-page booklet. The set sold a remarkable 2000 copies before Irdial closed. It acquired something of a cult following, one San Francisco record shop even tracking of it and asking everyone who bought a copy to pose for a photo.”

    “Somewhere along the line, the band Wilco picked it up, as a sample from it was used on their song ‘Poor Places’, and that sample gave the title to their album: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Legal goings-on ensued, and it was settled out of court in Akin Fernandez’s favour. Conet samples have also turned up in film – they were used in the Tom Cruise film Vanilla Sky – and the record label has been started up again.”

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