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Our inspiration part 2: number stations/le nostre ispirazioni parte 2: number stations by DuChamp

Numbers stations (or number stations) are shortwave radio stations of uncertain origin. They generally broadcast  generated voices reading streams of numbers, words, letters (sometimes using a spelling alphabet), tunes, morse code or just (apparent) noise. They are in a wide variety of languages mostly English, German, French and many Slavic languages). Evidence supports popular assumptions that the broadcasts are used to send messages to spies. For the entire story, see Wikipedia article. But, aside of the really fascinating story, is totally worth to hear those hours of alienating, creepy and mysterious sounds: Irdial disc produced a whole 4-cd box of NS voices, called The Conet Project: Recordings of Shortwave Numbers Stations, all downloadable legally for free from here.

And for your delight, here an excerpt….

Number stations sono stazioni radio a onde corte di origine incerta. In genere trasmettono voci generate che leggono flussi di numeri, parole, lettere (a volte usando spelling), suoni, codici morse o solo (apparentemente) rumore. Utilizzano varie lingue per lo più inglese, tedesco, francese e molte lingue slave). Alcune prove sosterrebbero l’ipotesi popolare per le quali sarebbero trasmissioni  utilizzate per inviare messaggi alle spie. Per l’intera storia, vedere l’articolo Wikipedia. Ma, al di là della storia davvero affascinante,  vale assolutamente la pena di ascoltarle, e godersi ore di ore di suoni stranianti, inquietanti e misteriosi: Irdial records ha prodotto un box  di 4 cd con voci NS, chiamato The Conet Project: Recordings of Shortwave Numbers Stations tutti legalmente scaricabili gratuitamente da qui.


E per il vostro piacere, ecco un estratto ….

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