About this project
ShortWaveMusic is a global sound project dedicated to preserving the world's musical traditions and folklore as heard on local, regional, and international radio. I started the project in 2005 from a basement in Cambridge, MA, and it has since grown into an annual expedition to various far-flung parts of the globe.
Previous installments of ShortWaveMusic have been recorded in Ibiza, Bulgaria, and the United Arab Emirates. 2012 will be the first in a new ten-year project chronicling the vast radio landscape of the African continent. I'll be starting with two weeks in Timbuktu (Tombouctou), Mali.
Recordings are made "on location" and then serialized over the course of 8-10 months at my Web site. My long-term goal is to tell the story of international broadcasting in the 21st century by capturing the extraordinary and varied ways in which people continue to communicate by radio, despite the advent of newer technologies.
All recordings are archived and catalogued for permanent preservation, so that this living library of radiophonic sound will be available to future generations.
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