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Shortwave Transmissions

This album presents some of the highlights of the Shortwave Transmissions project by Cities and Memory.

Cities and Memory teamed up with The Shortwave Radio Archive to present more than 100 incredible recordings from the history of shortwave radio all over the world for artists to remix and reimagine.

Shortwave radio is one of the most fascinating sonic worlds – capturing vital moments in world history as well as the thrill of pirate radio, clandestine radio stations, secretive number stations and military and spy radio.

These are sounds to be treasured: all of humanity is truly out there to be listened to at the turn of a dial – and is source material for some extraordinary compositions.

Explore the full project and hear the original shortwave recordings upon which these pieces are based at


released February 13, 2022