A G E N C I E S
THE NUMBER STATIONS
In the world of electronics, radio is an old technology, but it still holds a special allure. Forget the closed-circuits and dishes that only catch electromagnetic rain with proper positioning and decoders; radio is powerful because, with the right kind of tuner, you can always connect with somebody, somewhere.
Shortwave radio has an even more remarkable omnipresence. It works by reflecting between the ionosphere and the earth's surface, allowing signals to travel over curved surfaces and bounce from continent to continent, and its band is filled with unfamiliar voices and music from the world over.
Enter the "numbers stations" mysterious broadcasts containing seemingly random chunks of repeating data-- usually a lone voice reading a string of numbers or letters, but sometimes it's simply electronic tones or bits of music.
It is generally understood (though never formerly acknowledged) that numbers stations are encrypted messages broadcast by various governments for some unknown purpose, instructions to agents in the field involving commands encoded and decoded according to an understood key.
This album was made with tape loops, shortwave radio samples and modular synthesizers. Sound sources were captured/processed with analog/digital systems over the spring/summer 2019 in Toronto, Canada.
The Conet Project
"Per Aspera Ad Astra"
released September 1, 2019
Read the review here: www.chaindlk.com/reviews/11115
A G E N C I E S is: Piero Frenguelli
All tracks composed and produced by Piero Frenguelli
Mixed at Control Studio (Summer 2019), Toronto, Canada
Cover design: F/Point
Front cover image: Shukhov Tower (1920), Moscow
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All Tracks Published by LUX Music