Friday, February 26, 2010

What The Friday? - Rogue Transmissions (From Space?)

Picture it: Hannington! Saturday November 26 1977! 5.10pm! ITN's early evening news is flashing around the living room via the now defunct Southern Television, and all of a sudden, there's a loud click and the audio changes. What you hear is not the voice of the newsreader currently occupying the magic rectangle, nor the sound of the cartoon that followed. What you hear through the static is a creepy message, apparently from space, warning the entire human race that it had a short amount of time to disarm, live in peace, or suffer consequences. After several minutes, the message disappears just as quickly as it appeared. No explanation, just an audible click as the rogue transmitter was turned off.

Presented here is the sound of entire message as transmitted (no video is known to exist) plus several pieces of audio surrounding the events; the newscaster's announcement from the end of the cartoon that followed what he calls the "breakthrough in sound", the audio from the final ITN newscast of that day, and that evening's midnight radio newscast from Independent Radio News, with comment from the Independent Broadcasting Authority (Britain's FCC).

Nobody ever owned up to doing it, and no charges were ever brought.



"All your weapons of evil must be destroyed. You have only a short time to live to learn to live together in peace. You must live in peace... or leave the galaxy."

It's not easy to hear through crappy speakers, you might want to put in a set of headphones and concentrate hard.

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Further reading:

Several newspaper accounts of the incident.

Friday, February 19, 2010

What The Friday? - "Pennysaver"

They say that simple repetition is the key to making a good, well-made radio commercial stick in the listeners' head. So, with that in mind, see if you remember this product an hour after you hear the commercial. Also keep in mind that a good, well-made radio commercial will make it immediately obvious exactly what it is that is being advertised....

Friday, February 12, 2010

What The Friday? - "A History Of Rings"

Welcome to this, the first in a series of Friday posts featuring found sound and oddities.

Some NSFW language in this one - listen to Australian announcer Bob Moore descend into giggles, grunts and Italian as he tries to read radio copy for a jewellers and draws an unfortunate comparison between what the script means, and what it says.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Pardon Meme: Addendum

Why? Because I love yooouuu so muuuuu-uuuuuuch!

Pardon Meme

Starting at the end of this week, and continuing until I run out of gubbins to throw at your eyes, I'll be presenting "What The Friday?"; some odd little moments of media that defy explanation. This one, I just couldn't wait the week to share.

It comes courtesy of comedy genius and classical guitar extraordinaire Robert Popper. Where he got it is a mystery, I'm not even sure I want to know, but I guarantee you something... As awful as it is, you'll be singing it all the live-long day.



No no, dear. Pardon ME.

Here's the awesome part. As with a lot of unexplainables on the internet, it's fast becoming a meme. With almost a hundred and sixty thousand views (at time of writing), the original video has spurned a tunnel-like, self-referential torrent of replies, reminiscent of Alvin Lucier's experimental 1969 recording "I Am Sitting In A Room".



Keep an eye out for more classics like this, starting this Friday.

Paul&SpikeShow Monday Morning Catchup!

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