The Failure of Shortwave Radio (2005) è il primo album dei Moscow Coup Attempt ispirato alle “number stations”, le misteriose radio utilizzate soprattutto dalle reti di spionaggio, i cui suoni rumori e messaggi criptati sembrano particolarmente adatti e suggestivi per musica e film di tipo documentaristico o “found recordings”, sullo sfondo di intrighi internazionali e manovre occulte. Senza dimenticare naturalmente i film di spionaggio della Guerra Fredda e i loro temi musicali. Molti dei motivi di The Failure… (che su YouTube trovate suddiviso in 7 parti) sono derivati dagli interludi musicali delle Number Stations e tentano di catturarne l’atmosfera di mistero e di brivido, ma con lieve disincanto. Come un thriller in cui ci si lascia coinvolgere o avvolgere, piacevole e spaventoso allo stesso tempo. Uno “stream of inconscious”, un flusso di interpretazioni nascoste (coperte) dei fallimenti della comunicazione non solo fra le Nazioni, ma fra gli individui. Fra mistero e musica.
Dopo The Failure of Shortwave Radio, la seconda uscita di The Moscow Coup Attempt è Insomnia (2006-7), cui è seguita la compilation di brani inediti Recidivism (2007), e Transmissions From the End of the World (2010), una esplorazione musicale e filmica dell’isolamento.
“I was interested in film-music, and some of the moodier offspring there-of. Then I became completely obsessed with shortwave radio “numbers stations”. I really don’t feel like explaining what numbers stations are for the 500th time. [I] started making music for my own little movie in my head involving numbers stations and musical themes derived there from. Then [I] started doing collage work with archive film to go to the music. Now it’s turned into a film and music thing. I work with film while I write the music to go together from the start, assembling footage while I work on the music. That’s why I put out CDs and DVDs now as opposed to the first album that was just a music release. [I] started working with singers too. Vera Ostrova is my siren, and everybody should love her.
Now I’m rambling.”
(Derek Whiteacre, fondatore della band “cinematica”, The Moscow Coup Attempt, Los Angeles; dall’intervista a PBS 106,7 FM.org.au/, 1.11.2007)
|The Moscow Coup Attempt is the music and film endeavor of Los Angeles based producer, composer, film maker, and covert operative of disenchantment, Derek Whitacre.|
|The 2005 album “The Failure of Shortwave Radio” was the first release from TMCA. The album is a stream of unconscious interpretation of failures in communication of not just nations, but persons. A grand scale assessment of individuals.
The artistic base of influence for the album lies in “Numbers Stations” and their influence on world politics, the cold war, espionage, and musical themes. Many of the motives of “The Failure…” are derived from the musical interludes of these Numbers Stations. “The Failure of Shortwave Radio” attempts to capture the creepy and mysterious essence of Numbers Stations as a broader outlook on humanity and breakdowns in communication wrapped up in the music. The purpose is to wrap the listener in an environment that is comfortable, yet unnerving… like a good suspense-thriller.
|2006 – 2007|
|The second release by TMCA for 2006, “Insomnia,” is a continuation, and at the same time, an expansion of the ideas and themes expressed on “The Failure of Shortwave Radio.” Starting where the first album leaves off, “Insomnia” is an uninterrupted 6-movement piece covering 40 minutes of sound and film. The album features the beautiful vocal work of Vera Ostrova on the track “Do You Fear Sleep?” The last portion of the album takes the form of a hypnosis inducing recording of a truly amazing Numbers Station combined anomaly… 2 overlapping occurrences with added sound experiments by TMCA.
“Insomnia” comes not only in music form, but also as a film on the special CD/DVD combo release.
2007 saw the release of “Recidivism”, a collection of unreleased tracks from “The Failure of Shortwave Radio” and “Insomnia” albums, and remixes by The Moscow Coup Attempt and Defrag. “Recidivism” includes remixes of the tracks “The Failure of Shortwave Radio pt.1”, “Phone Tap”, “Vultures”, and “Do You Fear Sleep?”.
|“Transmissions From the End of the World” is a film and musical exploration of isolation in 8 movements. As a continuation of what was started in 2005 on “The Failure of Shortwave Radio” and again in 2006 with “Insomnia”, the use of shortwave radio and broken mixtures of traditional American folk instrumentation with electronics makes this an identifiable extension of the TMCA sound. Add to that a new and completely original film shot in the most isolated and remote areas of America’s Southwest, “Transmissions” marks a new level of multimedia interpretive art.
“Transmissions” is not your usual CD music release. This is the film version of the “Transmissions” album on traditional DVD Video with a special DVD ROM folder containing the music in MP3, AAC, and CD quality AIFF files to place directly into your music software or playing devices. All without restrictive copy protection encryption.