The Signal is a project about communication, technology, conspiracy theories and community.
UVB-76 is an arcane, shortwave radio frequency based somewhere in Russia that has been broadcasting a steady stream of beeps, blips, buzzes and chirps since the Cold War. And no one knows what it is (except possibly whoever is broadcasting it). (Read more about UVB-76: Inside the Russian Short Wave Radio Enigma, Wired)
This project is an attempt to communicate the experience around listening to an encoded stream of information and trying to decipher it, and the community of individuals around the world who are actively trying to do that with UVB-76 through instrumental electronic music.
The key tools I want to use for this project -- and the basis for Kickstarter funding -- are AudioCubes by Percussa. Some examples of AudioCubes in use are in the video above, on Percussa's website and YouTube. The method by which one can create evolving music through the use of AudioCubes would lend itself perfectly to this project.
This project is going to happen even if the project goal isn't reached. If I don't get funded, I am still going to make the album, just maybe without the cubes (although that would be sad). The project will be written, produced and recorded during the month of February for the RPM Challenge. If we meet our funding goal, it will be mastered by Colin C. (Slighter/Visitor 7/The Pushers) -- who will actually be able to be paid for his services. Depending on where we are in the final funding amount, I may print a limited run of physical discs for anyone interested, otherwise all backers will at least receive a copy of the album in digital format.
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