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Carlos’ Shortwave Art and recording of the Voice of Korea (April 17, 2022)

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor and noted political cartoonist, Carlos Latuff, who shares his radio log art of a recent Voice of Korea broadcast.


Carlos notes:

Voice of Korea, 15245 kHz, broadcasting in English, listened in Porto Alegre, Brazil, April 17, 2022, 21h08 (UTC).

Part of news bulletin: Kim Jong-un observes new missile test.

Click here to view on YouTube.

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Carlos’ Shortwave Art and recording of China Radio International

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor and noted political cartoonist, Carlos Latuff, who shares his radio log art of a recent China Radio International broadcast.


Carlos notes:

China Radio International, 9525 kHz, broadcasting in Russian from Beijing, China.
Listened in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
April 9, 2022, 20h (UTC).

Part of news bulletin, war in Ukraine.

    • Report from Borodiyanka
    • Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dept. Maria Zakharova: Bucha is provocation to end negotiations, impose more sanctions.
    • China, Israel: dialogue is the solution for Ukraine war
    • China and the US bioweapons

Click here to listen via YouTube.

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Cities and Memory Shortwave Transmissions released to mark World Radio Day!

We at the Shortwave Radio Audio Archive are truly honored to have been a resource for this incredible and diverse sound project organized by Cities and Memory.

We encourage you to explore the creative work from over 120 artists and composers.

A great many of these remarkable dynamic works draw on a wide array of recordings from the SRAA; the resulting compositions and soundscapes are rich with sonic textures, evocative collages of sound and memory, which emerge into further sources of inspiration.

Our profound thanks to Cities and Memory––and all of the participating artists––for this truly brilliant collection:


 

13 February 2022

UNIQUE ARCHIVE OF SHORTWAVE RADIO COMPOSITIONS LAUNCHED TO MARK UNESCO WORLD RADIO DAY

To mark UNESCO World Radio Day on 13 February, a unique collection of compositions built from eight decades of shortwave radio recordings is being released.

Shortwave Transmissions, a project by one of the world’s biggest sound projects Cities and Memory in collaboration with the Shortwave Radio Archive, sees more than 120 artists remix and recompose iconic shortwave recordings to create brand new compositions reflecting on and celebrating our relationship with radio.

 

The project can be explored in full at https://citiesandmemory.com/shortwave and features:

  • Recordings from the mysterious spy radio and “numbers stations” around the world
  • Coverage of world-changing events such as 9/11, the invasion of Kuwait, Kennedy’s assassination, Tiananmen Square protests, the death of Fidel Castro and many more
  • Rare international recordings from North Korea, Saudi Arabia, St. Helena, the Falkland Islands and Antarctica
  • Recordings covering a huge period of time from 1934 through to the present day
  • Space travel documented including the Sputnik, Apollo and Challenger missions
  • Recordings of famous voices such as Winston Churchill and King George V
  • Station IDs, interval signals and final broadcasts from radio stations
  • Stuart Fowkes, founder of Cities and Memory, said:

“Shortwave radio is one of the most fascinating sonic worlds – each recording is a unique time capsule capturing vital moments in world history as well as the thrill of pirate radio, clandestine radio stations, secretive number stations and military and spy radio.

These are sounds to be treasured: all of humanity is truly out there to be listened to at the turn of a dial – and is source material for some extraordinary compositions.”

Taking the world of shortwave radio to an entirely different place, each recording has been reshaped and reimagined as a creative recomposed sound by more than 120 musicians and sound artists, in turn reflecting on current concerns covering everything from climate change to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Shortwave Transmissions is the latest project from Cities and Memory, a global, collaborative network of sound recordists and artists based in Oxford, UK. Previous global sound projects have included #StayHomeSounds (a global mapping of the sounds of the Covid-19 lockdown), Protest and Politics (the biggest ever collection of the sounds of protest) and Sacred Spaces, the first global survey of the sounds of churches, temples, prayer and worship.

It has more than 5,000 sounds on its global sound map covering more than 100 countries and territories, and more than 1,000 worldwide contributing artists since its launch in 2015.

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Carlos’ Shortwave Art and Recordings of the Voice of Korea (January 28, 2022)

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor and noted political cartoonist, Carlos Latuff, who shares two shortwave reception illustrations and recordings of The Voice of Korea:


VOK: January 28, 2022 at 22:17 UTC

Carlos notes:

Voice of Korea, 9650 kHz, broadcasting in Spanish from Kujang, North Korea.
From the news bulletin, the North Korean government announces two more missile tests, which took place on January 25 and 27.

Click here to view on YouTube.

VOK: January 28, 2022 at 22:22 UTC

Carlos notes:

Voice of Korea, 9650 kHz, broadcasting in Spanish from Kujang, North Korea.
At the end of the news bulletin, the North Korean government accuses Japan of promoting a policy of aggression and territorial expansionism by sending a combat ship to the Gulf of Aden to fight Somali pirates.
Signal captured in Porto Alegre, 01/28/2022, 19:22, local time.

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Carlos’ Shortwave Art and Recordings of the Voice of Korea (January 15 & 18, 2022)

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor and political cartoonist, Carlos Latuff, who shares two shortwave reception illustrations and recordings of The Voice of Korea:


VOK: January 15, 2022

Carlos notes:

Voice of Korea, 11910 kHz, broadcasting in English from Kujang, North Korea.
Final part of the news bulletin, January 14, 2022 saw the launch of another North Korean ballistic missile, this time transported by rail.

Click here to listen on YouTube.

VOK: January 18, 2022

Carlos notes:

Voice of Korea, 9650 kHz, broadcasting in Japanese from Kujang, North Korea.

Final excerpt of the newsletter, January 17 saw another North Korean ballistic missile launch.

Signal captured in Rio de Janeiro, 01/18/2022, 05:08, local time.

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Shortwave’s Giant: Carlos explores evangelical broadcasting to MENA

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor and political cartoonist, Carlos Latuff, who shares the following guest post:


WINNING HEARTS, MINDS AND…SOULS!

Catechizing via shortwave.

by Carlos Latuff, special for The SWLing Post

During the Vietnam War (1955-1975), the expression “hearts and minds” became popular and referred to the US government’s strategy to gain allies among the South Vietnamese against the Vietcong guerrillas. Over the years this strategy has been used in different contexts. What I’m going to talk about in this short article is how the radio waves have served Christian evangelical churches, to win hearts and minds, specially in Africa and Middle East (MENA).

Different from what I did with the Ethiopian clandestine broadcasts, when I spent around 3 months monitoring, with evangelical radios it took only two days in January 2022; quite simple, since they’re stations with regular programming. Most of them have good signal reception, there’s no jamming from other countries and, despite transmitting in different languages, little translation was necessary since the content is always the same: religious preaching.

All listenings happened in Rio de Janeiro. The radio sets used in this monitoring were the XHDATA D-808 and an old analog radio Sanyo RP-8351, made in Brazil in the 70’s. A 7-meter long wire antenna was used in all listenings. Continue reading

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Carlos’ Shortwave Art and Recording of Dimtse Wegahta Tigray (Voice of the Dawn Tigray)

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Carlos Latuff, who shares the following recording of Dimtse Wegahta Tigray and notes:

Dimtse Wegahta Tigray (Voice of the Dawn Tigray), 15340 kHz, clandestine broadcast in the Tigrinia language from Issoudun, France, to warring Ethiopia.

    • Tigray regional government sends letter to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
    • US emissary to Ethiopia says the withdrawal of tigray troops from Amhara and Afar will open the door to peace talks.
    • Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed speaks on peace talks as the fight against Tigray forces continues.

Signal received in Juiz de Fora, MG, 12/25/2021, 14:33, local time.
Thanks to Hamza Oromo, Habay11521925, and HizbiTigray for the translation.

Many thanks for sharing, Carlos!

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