„Shortwave transmissions often have bursts of distortion, and "hollow" sounding loss of clarity at certain aural frequencies, altering the harmonics of natural sound and creating at times a strange "spacey" quality due to echoes and phase distortion.”
Because of the so-called skywave propagation phenomenon meaning radio waves reflecting from the ionosphere, basically a shortwave broadcast can reach any location on Earth. Which means that being at the moment in Central Europe we can catch distorted and very ghosty broadcasts from Korea or Middle East in very curious and surprising ways.
The project which I called „Shortwave Soundscapes” is correlating with my journeys around Europe, in a touring band or as a simple tourist, with Tascam DR-40 stereo recorder and three or four shortwave radio receivers, bought on flea markets for few euros in total. Each place on map has a unique receiving point of the radio waves, allowing to „build” improvisational compositions based only on the received sound, without any postproduction, effects or any mixing besides live manual tuning of the receivers.
Material on this tape was recorded in June 2019 with use of Tascam DR-40, National R-299 and two Leotec LT-606B receivers.
Recordings came from Zagreb, Polskava, Stockerau, Krakow and Kladno.
I would like to thank Gosia for all her love and support as well as Pawel for all his patience.