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Conflux Coldwell
CC | AM 2017 - video version
Every sound used to make this music was recorded from a Sony ICF-2001D Synthesised Receiver, a worldband radio from the 1980s capable of picking up very long-distance signals.
This machine is historically significant because of its role in Cold War espionage. It was used by Eastern-Bloc spies in the West to receive coded messages in the form of mysterious ‘numbers stations’,
a very few of which still seem to be in operation. Due to the way shortwave signals are reflected back off the ionosphere, the best time to record these distant signals is just before dawn.

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