The Conet Project: Records Of Shortwave Numbers Stations

>> Monday, June 30, 2008

I thought this would be interesting to share with you all.

"For more than 30 years the Shortwave radio spectrum has been used by the worlds intelligence agencies to transmit secret messages. These messages are transmitted by hundreds of Numbers Stations. Shortwave Numbers Stations are a perfect method of anonymous, one way communication. Spies located anywhere in the world can be communicated to by their masters via small, locally available, and unmodified Shortwave receivers. The encryption system used by Numbers Stations, known as a one time pad is unbreakable. Combine this with the fact that it is almost impossible to track down the message recipients once they are inserted into the enemy country, it becomes clear just how powerful the Numbers Station system is."

A 4cd set of eerie broadcasts now made available on Enjoy




ZM76 June 30, 2008 at 8:33 PM  

Brilliant find! You can bet some of that will get recycled into my projects...

Be seeing you.

Anonymous,  June 30, 2008 at 9:02 PM  

So, I suppose these recordings are in the public domain then?

ZM76 July 1, 2008 at 12:14 AM  

Most definitely. No-one can claim anonymous international shortwave broadcasts. Besides being on, too.

Be seeing you.

Roger Camden July 1, 2008 at 2:18 PM  

Listen to this (from Wikipedia):
"Samples from the collection have been used in numerous films and albums, including Crowe's film Vanilla Sky and Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot album, the latter of which was an issue of legal dispute; Jeff Tweedy did not seek permission to use the Conet sample and Irdial [record label that issued the 4 disc set] sued for copyright infringement. The incident sparked debate about who exactly owns copyright concerning recordings of numbers station transmissions, but Tweedy ultimately decided to avoid taking the matter to court, agreeing to pay Irdial royalties and reimburse its legal fees."
Later on...
"In keeping with the 'Free Music Philosophy', the label has made the entire collection available for download in MP3 form (along with a PDF version of the included booklet) on its website completely free of charge and encourages fans to freely distribute it on file sharing networks."

tl;dr- Sample away.

Anonymous,  July 1, 2008 at 6:45 PM  

Then these will definitely find their way into a future project! :D

Anonymous,  July 2, 2008 at 3:41 PM  

A. Why recycle the same old stuff? You can think of something new!!

B. This actual recording of these broadcasts is under copyright, at least at the time of Wilco, so that's how they got sued. They should have gotten sued for sucking.

. July 2, 2008 at 7:42 PM

Anonymous,  July 4, 2008 at 9:38 AM is what the material is licensed under...

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