- Audio CD
- Number of Discs: 5
- Format: Special Extended Version
- Label: Irdial-Discs
- ASIN: B00BFEWC2E
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
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The Conet Project: Recordings of Shortwave Numbers Stations TCP/1111 Special Extended Version
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For more than 45 years the Shortwave radio spectrum has been used by the world's 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 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. One might think that these espionage activities should have wound down considerably since the official "end of the cold war", but nothing could be further from the truth. Numbers Stations (and by inference, spies) are as busy as ever. Now Irdial-Discs is releasing The Conet Project: Recordings of Shortwave Numbers Stations / 1111, a special edition of the legendary first comprehensive collection of Numbers Stations recordings ever released to the public, updated and augmented with a new 5th CD of unreleased recordings. This Quintuple CD is an important historical reference work for research into this hitherto unreported and unknown field of espionage. Many of the stations on the CD have ceased operations, and can no longer be heard. The new package consists of the 4 original Conet Project CDs containing 150 recordings of Numbers Stations spanning the twenty years up to the release of the original set in 1997, an 80 page, perfect bound booklet, 4 post cards, plus a new 5th CD of 26 previously unreleased recordings of bizarre 'Noise Stations', and a new 8 page booklet accompanying the 5th CD.
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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.
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?
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."
Read the booklet, listen to the sounds that becomes music. Facinating, amazing and REAL
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