Ad Explorata

Label
1320 Records
Running length
12 tracks
Running time
70:12

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Phoneme 7:53 14,305
2 Heavy 6:21 12,778
3 Looking Back On Earth 6:34 15,317
4 Oil & Water 6:52 12,430
5 Crypto City 2:49 14,228
6 EHM 7:28 19,704
7 Atlas 5:58 13,430
8 Ad Explorata 3:41 13,331
9 Re:Stereo 7:12 3,890
10 Central 5:40 10,208
11 Lion 5:39 12,119
12 Echoes 4:05 5,957

About this album

Santa Cruz, CA… 10/06/09… A family member of ours has a shortwave radio that we have all been messing around with. We had been using it for sound effects and noises when one day it was left on in the studio. Keyboardist David Phipps’ daughter Aya was playing around with the dials when all of a sudden it stopped on this voice on the super low frequencies of the spectrum. It was a woman’s voice, artificial we later found out, counting off numbers in a very clear and concise way. We became obsessed with what we had heard and for weeks we sat behind the dials trying to find more voices.

There was only one more to be found, the voice we sampled for the beginning of the song “Central”. After a bit of research, we found that these were numbers stations, thought to be coded messages various governments use to send correspondence to spy’s overseas. This of course isn’t publicly acknowledged by any government, even though in 2001 the United States tried the Cuban Five for spying using information they supposedly received and decoded by broadcast from a Cuban numbers station.

STS9 has always been fascinated by numbers; finding this transmission captured our imagination so much that we had to see if there was something more to what we had found. Immediately we enlisted the skills of a crypto-hacker friend of ours to see if she could find any relevance to the sequence we had recorded. When she ran the numbers as coordinates corresponding to a map of military bases in California, she came up with an exact location in Big Sur. We immediately went to check it out and sure enough there was a trail about 10 miles back off of Nacimiento Rd.

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