"Like a riot in a shortwave radio factory," and other things they say about shortwave.

Posted: 09 Feb 2010   Print   Send a link
Lou Reed "recorded his 1975 album 'Metal Machine Music' (RCA) by leaning guitars against amplifiers, cranking them up until the feedback screamed, playing melodies amid the sonic melee and layering and manipulating the results, including changing the tape speed of some parts. Then he chose four segments for 16-minute LP sides. It sounded like a riot in a shortwave radio factory: a fusillade of sustained, pulsating and scurrying electronic tones that adds up to a hyperactive drone, as consonant as the overtone series." Jon Pareles, New York Times, 8 February 2010.
     "With Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Efrim Menuck provided the soundtrack to our pre-millennial paranoia. ... 'We were especially interested in obscure short-wave radio broadcasts and the American militia movement. I mean, we were super interested in all that stuff.'" Barry Nicolson, The Skinny, 8 February 2010.
     "My first year at university was 1966, also a World Cup year. England not only hosted the tournament but, against the odds, wound up winning. In those days the notion of travelling to London to watch a few games was about as far off as the SABC playing rock music on a Sunday. The introduction of TV was still 10 years away and our only access to live matches was via crackling broadcasts on shortwave radio." David Shapiro, The Times (Johannesburg), 8 February 2010.
     "It was like going back to the bad old days when Welsh throwers seemed to operate on long wave and the jumpers on short wave, with the lifters on FM." thisissouthwales.co.uk, 8 February 2010.
     "After a lull in solar activity that on many days left a "blank sun" with no sunspots at all, a big one popped up this past weekend, marking a change in the sun's weather. ... [H]am radio operators are picking up strong solar radio bursts using shortwave receivers." Tim Chitwood, Ledger-Enquirer (Columbus GA), 8 February 2010. On 6 February, about dusk, my neighborhood had no electricity because of the snowstorm. I took advantage of the lack of radio-interference-causing electrical devices and wiring in and around my house to enjoy some (flashlight assisted) shortwave listening. Said sunspots added to the good conditions, and, for the first time in years, I was hearing shortwave broadcast stations all over the bands, up to 15 Mhz. On many frequencies, I heard Chinese classical music. It's China's preferred method for jamming VOA, RFA, etc.