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In one of the weirdest mysteries ever, a man records his local radio station as it's overcome with a broadcast of shrieking, tribal chanting, and a strange list of names from the Manhattan Project and a flight crash The recording begins innocently enough, with classical music coming over the crackling airwaves. The happy tune doesn’t last long however, as the radio fades out into shrieking, whispering, chanting, and what sounds like meditation bells. It’s one of the creepiest audio snippets that I’ve ever heard.
Not a whole lot of information about this strange recording exists, who recorded it, or what it’s authenticity is,
An electronic composition or performance would be my take. WKCR is a student-run radio station based at Columbia University. The wind effects at the end continue under the announcer’s voice which suggests the sounds were part of the radio show.
It’s fun to imagine witches and aliens etc and give in to the weirdness that this piece has been given but an investigation into what WKCR was playing at the time (it currently gives some air time to avant-gardist music) might well reveal some interesting audio works.
A compelling few minutes of college radio helped by some atmospheric context creation. Sent a shiver down my spine even after I’d worked it out.