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5.0 out of 5 stars ACHTUNG - ein, zwei, FREI!, 19 May 2004
This review is from: The Conet Project: Recordings of Shortwave Numbers Stations (Audio CD)
I found out about these recordings a few years ago whilst reading the Aquarius Records website review. Those guys in San Francisco were so enthusiastic in their praise for The Conet Project that I went and ordered a copy. I wasn't disappointed when I finally got to hear it. Although it's compiled like a catalogue of radio stations, complete with shortwave tuning frequencies etc., it ends up sounding like some sinister piece of otherwordly music, which is trying to control your mind with its endless streams of mechanically-voiced numbers. The constant buzz and crackle of static enhances the eeriness even more.
The purpose of these 'Numbers Stations' seems now to be generally accepted, as an encoded method of communication with spies around the world. Despite the advanced technology now available, there are still advantages in using shortwave radio in espionage, principally because the recipient cannot be located and he/she only needs an inexpensive receiver - and a one-time pad for deciphering the message.
The Conet Project is a fascinating audio document. Irdial ran out of stock (again) a couple of years ago, but now seem to be pressing up another batch and selling it only via Amazon. Buti t's also possible to get the whole thing on the net as mp3's for FREE if you don't fancy parting with 40 quid - it's part of Irdial's free music philosophy. Check out [...] - you can even get a pdf of the excellent booklet there. What have you got to lose?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing like it - a pure masterpiece, 9 July 2004
This review is from: The Conet Project: Recordings of Shortwave Numbers Stations (Audio CD)
Remember beeing a kid, with no limitations in mind, curious for life? Refreshingly IRDIAL records still have that spirit. And with The Conet Project it becomes really interesting. I remember as a kid, tuning in on my parents radio and by mistake hitting the shortwave button, hearing sounds that did not make sense in my head. Asked my mom, but she didnt have an answer.... Then one day 20 years after like in the tv-show, I got the answer. And the question again appeared!
Read the booklet, listen to the sounds that becomes music. Facinating, amazing and REAL
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Conet, 28 Jun 2004
This review is from: The Conet Project: Recordings of Shortwave Numbers Stations (Audio CD)
This release is a fascinating document. Mysterious in its origin, intriguing and unusual. Beautifully packaged and presented. Not only is the Conet Project a fascinating release of seemingly cultural and historical significance but taken as a work on its aural and sonic properties alone can be at times musical and hypnotic. The cycle of words and numbers intermingled with interference mesh into a sonic hum with its own unique rhythms and tones. A recommended addition for anyone interested in a side step to the norm and an ear to hear music where others remain numb.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SONIC ADVENTURES IN SHORTWAVE, 1 Dec 2004
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Timothy D. Norton (Saint Louis, MO United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Conet Project: Recordings of Shortwave Numbers Stations (Audio CD)
I must say that I am quiet amazed and inspired
by the efforts of Iridial. Visually, what a fantastic package as a boxed set, The Conet Project is.

First listening to the discs covered both my wife and myself with a very unsettling calmness,
( isn't that like jumbo shrimp ?), I suppose due to the intonations and the subject matter that The Conet Project contains.

Second, there is this Cage-like quality to all of the discs, as if Cage is still organizing performances,but on a global scale and you have the opportunity to find not so silent voices in the the silence that surrounds all of us. With this in mind, many of the people that I have turned on to The Conet Project, listened to the discs for the first time and
thought about The Conet Project as a " Work of Art "
rather than a collection of number station broadcasts.
The Conet Project CDs are a sonic investment that seems to change with each listening. Whether it's a Code blip or
an interruption of traffic static that you might have missed
before, somehow it's never quite the same.
As far as the mystery surrounding the origin of these broadcasts
I think that things are what they will be. If Plato, sitting
in his cave would have seen these numbers as shadows on the
wall he would have probably thought to himself, "Yep,there it is."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb catalogue of Numbers Stations past & present, 14 Oct 2009
This review is from: The Conet Project: Recordings of Shortwave Numbers Stations (Audio CD)
I have listened to Numbers Stations for many years on my shortwave radios but would never have the patience to record & catalogue them in the way that The Conet Project has. Added to which, many of the Stations on the CDs have ceased operating over the years, so to have them in this "CD library" is saving them from being lost forever.

It has also enabled me to make more sense of the written information I have acquired over the years, putting a sound to names such as the "Three Note Oddity", "Tyrolean Music Station" and "Faders": you really have to hear them to be able to identify them "live" on a radio.

This is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in the history of spies & spying, or for somebody who has come across strange transmissions on the HF bands and wants to find out what on earth they are.

An excellent set of CDs.
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