editor: Neil Strauss
associate editor: Dave Mandl
Semiotext(e) #16 (vol.vi, issue i)
“You will never understand radio by listening to it” Neil Strauss
radio dada takes heart in the proximity of paradise and parasites Histories…
“Boring work is made less boring by boring music”
defense supression aircraft EF-IIIA raven, EA-6B prowler, F-4G wild weasel.
Jamcon'84 - Negativland
Church of the SubGenius
Baghdad Betty - iraqi 'morale-buster'
Radio Free Europe, CIA agit-prop, Mass Communication and American Empire by Herbert Schiller
Dr. Jose Delgado, radio waves, brain implants and mindcontrol
stimoceivers, implants, biofeedback, behavioural and emotional control. Jose Delgado
listening for the voices of the dead in broadcast radio spectrum, as well as recordings of empty rooms.
listening to the atmosphere and the unexplained around Marfa, western Texas Ed Hendricks, San Diego based physicist, geologist and computer engineer, interested in 'hearing' UFOs known as 'Marfa Lights'. the listenings mentioned were also observed by Michael Mideke who describes his activities as “speculating on the significance of our instrumentation abetted extensions of awareness into fantastic zones such as the Magnetosphere
listening to Natural Radio using VLF (Very Low Frequency) receivers. the most common source is lightning, strikeing about 8 million times per day around the planet, each with a voltage aprox. 250V covering the entire radio spectrum.
Atmospheric Radio Noise, aka “sferics”, with characteristic sounds such as 'chorus' and 'whistler' first recordings of 'whistlers' made in 1880s over long distance telephone wires. “clasic source book” → Whistlers and Related Ionoshperic Phenomena Robert Helliwell. whistler reciever WR-3, designed by McGreavy and Cathell as 'Conversion Reasearch' uses 5foot antenna, rather than long tangled wire
McGreavy is not exactly sure what kind of radio noise insects emit
Geologist John Derr has been trying to predict earthquakes using ULF (Ultra Low Frequency) receivers
VLF recordings; Alvin Lucier - 'Sferics' and a piece for Arditti string quartet based on tones from OMEGA navigation system.
SEPCA/INSPIRE VLF listening party with NASA supervision
Donald Cyr belives whistlers create crop circles, drilling charde particles thru the atmosphere
the universe is filled with radio noise
“The feeling is constantly growing on me that I had been the first to hear the greetings of one planet to another” NikolaTesla
radio signature of hydrogen 1420Mhz
SETI Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence, established by Frank Drake in 1960
META Megachannel Extraterrestrial Assay, concentrates on the band between Hydrogen(H) and Hydroxyl (OH)