Radio as conceptual art - World War II Radio Broadcast, Part One - 1939 to 1941.
Starting at 10am Pacific/1pm Eastern to 12:10pm/3:10pm→
Background & Concept – There’s a PC game called Silent Hunter 3 in which you sail a u-boat around the Atlantic in WW2. One player made a mod to add radio broadcasts to the sub’s radio which were short 6-8 minute mp3’s of news, music and static. I think they’d done 1939, 40, and 41, and the effect in the game was really interesting.
So why not, I thought, do a full two hours of it? I have about 2.8 gig of radio excerpts from WW2, and I’ve grabbed a bunch of songs from that time (and some modern ones that sound like they're from that era) and found and edited a heap of static (a thanks to the people at freesound
for the files). Finally, some 10 hours later and I’ve managed to cut 1938 - 1942 down to 2 hours.
The concept I had was that the time period is set during WW2 and you’re listening to the shortwave and this is what you might’ve heard – especially if you were able to tune in across the years.
There are so many news files that I had to put a boundary on it to keep the show within the two hour time limit, so Part One starts shortly after 1938 beginning with Britain entering the war, and Part Two will end just after the death of Hitler, as there are a few reports that I felt could not be left out. (Yes, Hitler dies. Sorry for the spoiler.) I’ve found that two hours is about enough, as more and it starts to get to be a bit much, and less just isn’t enough time.
Anyway, this will be part one of two. Enjoy.