on the behavior of radio waves

June 1st, 2012

Shortwave radio signals spread across the planet, the signal fades in & out, washes of static mix with music & voice, creating an eerie mashup of music & electronics.

This is the latest mix in a series, going back years, that utilizes shortwave broadcasts & music that already has a noisy, grainy tone. That combination of sounds creates a strange, other-worldly feel, transporting the listener around the globe and back again.

As with the other shortwave mixes, this one makes use of source material from Myke Dodge Weiskopf & his website of shortwave recordings found here... http://www.myke.me/wordpress/

Enjoy.

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    The Humble Bee - Titles
  • 00:46    William Basinski - Particle Showers
  • 02:40    BSKSA Saudia Arabia 11785 kHz, 8_14_10 (1610UTC)
  • 04:10    Andrew Chalk - Violin by Night
  • 07:00    Andrew Pekler - Nocturne 3
  • 09:00    Je Suis Le Petit Chevalier - Main Jungle
  • 10:50    The Caretaker - The Quilter Standard
  • 11:55    Markus Mehr - Komo
  • 13:50    Ran Slavin - Wayward Initial
  • 14:24    Call to Prayer at Dawn, Sultanahmet Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey
  • playing under the Ran Slavin cut
  • 16:48    Depatterning - Instow, SK. Bone Creek No. 108
  • 18:50    Pawn - untitled(from Islet)
  • 24:05    Maps and Diagrams - Looks Simple Enough
  • 26:23    unknown time & frequency (2002)
  • 27:10    The Humble Bee - The Collecting Plate
  • 28:00    WEWN:Radio Catolica Mundial 5810kHz
  • 28:40    Mokira - Harold Dubb
  • 33:05    Radio Bulgaria 5800kHz
  • 34:04    Stephan Mathieu - Gabriel
  • 37:55    Gultskra Artikler - Vsegda Krasni Cvetok
  • 39:30    Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto - Reverso
  • 45:15    Kane Ikin - short wave fade
  • 47:12    Quinn Walker - The Quiet Passage
  • 50:40    Melton - Northern Fields
  • 53:05    I've Lost - A Study in Departure
  • 54:27    end
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distant transmissions

March 5th, 2011

"Distant transmissions flicker and fade, there's a drift on the signal, a ghost in the phase."I've had that phrase on my blog profile for a long time. I've used different parts of it as titles for my series of 'shortwave' mixes(drift on the signal, ghost in the phase, flicker & fade).With this mix I've completely tapped out that slogan because the new mix is called "distant transmissions."I'm not really sure exactly how I came up with that line. I remember going through shortwave terms looking for a title for the first shortwave mix & I came across the phrase "drift on the signal". I liked the sound of that & used it for the first mix. Somewhere along the line I also read the term "ghost in the phase" & then just combined those two with other terms to come up with that short phrase which I liked because it's as close as I'm ever going to get to writing a lyric of any sort.This mix, like the others, makes use of the wonderful shortwave recordings of Myke Weiskopf. Check out his blog here... for lots of streaming audio & downloadable goodies. I've done 5 mixes featuring Myke's work & none of them would have been possible without his documentary series. Huge thanks to Myke for all his fine recordings. Check out the ShortWaveMusic Facebook page too.T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00 Ionoscatter_Unmodulated_Signal_And_Meteor_Whistles_6-2-58
  • 00:30 Radio Bulgaria(stretched & normal)
  • 01:33 Max Richter - Infra
  • 04:30 Benoît Pioulard - Passenger
  • 05:20 offthesky - frozen fountain
  • 07:20 upward arrows - ^^^^
  • 08:55 Family Radio International
  • 09:30 ??? - Traveling Light
  • 13:50 The Humble Bee - 07 jan 2010
  • 16:30 Christian Fennesz & Ryuichi Sakamoto - kuni
  • 18:20 Freescha - baby Maker
  • 19:50 Daizok - Shoreline VII
  • 24:15 Radio Morocco
  • 26:20 Area C - Map of circular thought
  • 29:10 Juv - til
  • 29:42 Max Richter - Journey 5
  • 30:45 Inversz - Home End
  • 35:10 Myke Weiskopf - You're Up, You're There, You're D
  • 37:40 Christian Fennesz & Ryuichi Sakamoto - Amorph
  • 43:22 end
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in foreign lands

December 4th, 2010

I have always loved the sound of Djivan Gasparyan's music. He plays the duduk, a double reed instrument related to the oboe. It's got a great melancholy, other-worldy feel to it.

I took the "other-wordly" idea to make a mix of music that is vaguely foreign sounding, at least foreign to my American ears. The music is Middle Eastern, Asian, African, Eastern European and Indian.

I go back to a familiar source for some of the sounds, the Shortwave Music blog of Myke Weiskopf. Whether it's the night call to prayer in Bulgaria or Qur’an recitation from BSKSA Saudi Arabia, Myke has great recordings that everyone should take the time to investigate.

The times in the tracklist are rough.  Sometimes there are two or three tracks playing at once & not all are listed in the tracklist.  I also messed with a few tracks, adding stretched audio as a backing track or adding reverb.

At various times haunting, beautiful, calming or hypnotic, the music in this mix will hopefully stir your imagination.

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00 Djivan Gasparyan - You have to come back to me
  • 02:22 Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan & Michael Brook - Night Song
  • 06:20 Hildegard Westerkamp - Gently Penetrating
  • 07:00 Night call to prayer in Draginovo, Bulgaria
  • 09:20 Peter Nooten & Michael Brook - Suddenly II
  • 10:25 Maya Beiser - I was there
  • 15:00 harmonic fx
  • 15:50 Gamelan Madu Sari - thinly roundly
  • 18:15 Ayub Ogada - Kothbiro
  • 22:00 Jon Hassell - Frontiera
  • 22:30 Hildegard Westerkamp - Into the labyrinth
  • 22:55 Geir Jenssen - Camp 2, world music on the radio
  • 23:30 Gamelan Madu Sari - Dreams he is a ball of fire or a hummingbird
  • 26:30 Peter Gabriel - Wall of Breath
  • 28:15 Galata Mevlevi - Nay Taksim
  • 29:40 Hildegard Westerkamp - Soundscape of cities, Delhi
  • 30:10 Forrest Fang - Garuda
  • 31:15 Jon Hassell - Tramonto
  • 33:00 Qur’an recitation from BSKSA Saudi Arabia
  • 34:20 Lamp of the Universe - Heru, part 1
  • 36:55 U Srinivas & Michael Brook - Think
  • 41:30 Anouar Brahem - L'oiseau
  • 45:45 Djivan Gasparyan - dle vaman
  • 49:30 Peter Gabriel - A sense of home
  • 51:14 end
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flicker & fade

April 14th, 2010

This is the third mix I’ve done with a shortwave radio theme. Many of the tunes have noise & static already built in. Sometimes radio washes have been added.

As with past shortwave mixes, the actual shortwave recordings come courtesy of Myke Dodge Weiskopf. He runs a great site dedicated to shortwave music.

This mix was originally posted on MixCloud by folks at Fluid Radio.  I am honored that Fluid Radio posted one of my mixes among their growing list of great music.  I'm posting here to allow direct download.  That's one feature I wish MixCloud had, the option of downloading the mixes.   It's a great community over at MixCloud that would be even better with downloads.

I hope you enjoy vol. 3 in the shortwave series.

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Myke Weiskopf - Test Transmission
  • 00:40    Tim Hecker - Arctic Loner's Rock
  • 03:50    All India Radio
  • 05:20    Andrey Dergatchev - Culmination
  • 07:45    Karlheinz Stockhausen - realization 6 (from spiral)
  • 08:50    Tu M' - monochrome 3
  • 14:20    Library Tapes - The Fragile Tide
  • 16:30    Radio Slovakia Int'l
  • 17:20    36 - Juliet
  • 19:20    Maps & Diagrams - Mold
  • 23:45    Marihiko Hara - modena
  • 26:05    WNOH - Runyon's Gospel Descent
  • 27:40    Ous Mal - Viime Talvi
  • 29:40    Myke Weiskopf - Into the Telemetry Haze
  • 30:50    Brian Grainger - untitled
  • 34:10    Helios - Vargtimme
  • 37:30    random noise fx
  • 38:20    36 - intercept
  • 39:00    BNR Radio Bulgaria
  • 40:30    Drowning the Virgin Silence - We Twist the Sun & Sea
  • 44:20    Krzysztof Orluk - over the sky (bright sphere)
  • 46:30    Motion - dispersal patterns
  • 48:00    atom - wellen and felder II
  • 49:10    Xela - An Abandoned Robot
  • 51:45    Eluvium - As I Drift Off
  • 54:30    end
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a ghost in the phase

June 7th, 2008

I was having a tough time coming up with an idea for a new mix. The shortwave mix, a drift on the signal, is one of my favorite mixes so I decided to do a sequel.

And thus, through ionospheric transit, comes...a ghost in the phase. The formula is pretty much the same as before, a nice mixture of real shortwave radio recordings & ambient music with shortwave elements. Most of the shortwave stuff comes from the Shortwavemusic blog. That's the same source I used for the last shortwave mix. It's run by Myke Weiskopf. Here are a couple of his other sites... Myke Weiskopf & Myke's Live Journal
Lots of cool sounds at all three sites.

After the last shortwave mix a listener said it reminded him of Tetsu Inoue's World Receiver. How could I have forgotten that disc?! This time I made sure to include it. It's such a fantastic recording. You can buy it from Infraction records . Another excellent release that made it into the mix is the new one from Steven Mathieu called Radioland. Check it out.

The Entia Non & krill.minima & Unproduct cuts are all available for free download.

The times in this tracklist are just approximations. Sometimes there are several cuts playing at once, things fading in & out, etc.

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00 - Pulse Wave FX & JBO Tokyo Radio
  • 00:16 - Entia Non - Cultural Plagiarism
  • 01:28 - Fennesz - A Year in a Minute
  • 04:33 - Myke Weiskopf - Shortwave Condensation
  • 05:55 - Djivan - dle yaman
  • 06:56 - Cairo Radio
  • 07:45 - Punkt - Speechless
  • 08:24 - Cairo Radio
  • 09:13 - Rod Modell - Aloeswood
  • 12:38 - Tetsu Inoue - Elevator Drops
  • 19:05 - Steven Mathieu - Aufder Gasse
  • 22:45 - Fennesz & Sakamoto - Aware
  • 26:37 - Radio RASD
  • 26:54 - My Fun - Signal Drift
  • 29:06 - Felicia Atkinson with Sylvain Chauveau - Aberdeen
  • 34:11 - Chris Bissonnette - Traveling Light
  • 40:00 - WEWN
  • 40:46 - Post-Soviet Melancholia Pt. V: "Мой Рок и Ролл" via Russian International Radio
  • 42:40 - krill.minima - Projektor
  • 45:34 - Myke Weiskopf - The Grotesque
  • 46:23 - Unproduct - Radio Canvas 3
  • 46:52 - numbers
  • 47:40 - pulse transmission
  • 50:30 - Rameses III - Origins IV May 25, 2007
  • 53:20 - Steven Mathieu - Radioland
  • 02:30 - Pulse Wave FX

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