ShortWaveMusic

 

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ShortWaveMusic (2005-2014) was a global sound project and documentary series which aimed to preserve the sound of regional and international broadcasting around the world. Recordings included low-power and community stations, pirate and clandestine transmissions, or traditional international broadcasters.

The goal of the project was to tell the story of shortwave broadcasting in the early 21st century by exploring the extraordinary and varied ways in which people continue to communicate via radio, despite the advent of newer and more glamorous technologies.

The project is currently on hiatus while I pursue other opportunities and creative avenues.

View a map or download a Google Earth map [KML] of every SWM transmitter location recorded 2009-2013.

View the complete catalogue of recordings 2009-2013.

7361_10151308542621496_1753983240_nShortWaveMusic 2013: Socotra

The 2013 season of ShortWaveMusic was recorded from March 13-23, 2013 on the archipelago of Socotra.

The season launched on 1 October 2013 and will be updated weekly over the next 12 months. Please check back every Friday for new material.

This project was generously supported by Kickstarter donors.

swm_tkuShortWaveMusic 2012: Timbuktu

The 2012 series of ShortWaveMusic was recorded from December 31, 2011–January 16, 2012 throughout Mali, culminating in a visit to Timbuktu during the Festival au Désert.

This project was generously supported by Kickstarter donors.

swm_uaeShortWaveMusic 2011: United Arab Emirates

The 2011 series of ShortWaveMusic was recorded from October 5-14, 2010 throughout the United Arab Emirates.

This project was generously underwritten by Soundwalk.

swm_bulShortWaveMusic 2010: Bulgaria

The 2010 series of ShortWaveMusic was recorded from August 1-15, 2010 throughout Bulgaria.

This project was generously supported by IndieGoGo donors.

swm_ibzShortWaveMusic 2009: Ibiza

The 2009 series of ShortWaveMusic was recorded from September 7-14, 2009 in Santa Eulalia, Ibiza.

ShortWaveMusic 2005-2008: Boston, MA

ShortWaveMusic began in May 2005 on a hillside in Boston, MA, and was recorded there until transferring to Los Angeles, CA in December 2007. Early editions of the series drew upon a pre-existing body of recordings, some of which were insufficiently annotated (or whose notes were lost). Poor reception conditions in Los Angeles precipitated the move to “go global” with the project, beginning with the Ibiza DXpedition in 2009.