TRANSMISSION ART ARCHIVE
False Rosetta (AD032)
Radio Ruido's second 7" single project is a double 7" homage to shortwave numbers stations.
Radio Ruido encompasses radio projects initiated by artist Tom Mulligan. Working both solo and in collaboration, these projects entail both composed installations as well as various improvised live sound situations. Often site-specific in content, they seek to challenge conventional concepts of radio as well as exploring and challenging the physicality of the performance space.
Release show with artists remixing "False Rosetta," including DJ Pause, North Guinea Hills, and Damian Catera with Radio Ruido Dec. 14, 2007 at the Front Room Gallery in Brooklyn.
("Numbers stations are shortwave radio stations of uncertain origin. They generally broadcast voices reading streams of numbers, words, letters (sometimes using a radio alphabet), tunes or morse code. The voices that can be heard on these stations are often mechanically generated. They are in a wide variety of languages, and the voices are usually women's, though sometimes men's or children's voices are used. Evidence supports popular assumptions that the broadcasts are channels of communication used to send messages to spies. This has not been publicly acknowledged by any government that may operate a numbers station, but in one case, Cuban numbers station espionage has been publicly prosecuted in a United States federal court." Source: Wikipedia.)