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 Post subject: Spirit Of The Age Sound Effects
PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2016 9:08 pm 
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Hi all

Was listening to 'Quark' at the weekend and it got me to wondering about the voices at the start of 'Spirit Of The Age'. I know that the Hawks often sampled astronauts and Apollo-era sound-bites like on 'Uncle Sam's on Mars' with Tricky Dicky's phone call to Armstrong and Aldrin on the moon but does anyone know where this clip comes from or its significance if there is any?

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 Post subject: Re: Spirit Of The Age Sound Effects
PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2016 1:40 am 
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the voices sound British to me!


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 Post subject: Re: Spirit Of The Age Sound Effects
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Hi all

Given the combined knowledge about all things Hawkwind on this forum i was just wondering if anyone had already done the research on this, it'll save me a lot of ear damage finding out lol!

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 Post subject: Re: Spirit Of The Age Sound Effects
PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2016 8:18 pm 
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It's an interesting question ~ one
to which I might venture a guess
that, because the voices are so
distorted as to be virtually
indecipherable, it could well just
be homegrown ~ the reasoning
being that if they were to go to
the trouble to hunt down something
of cultural significance, why then
distort it to the point of becoming
nearly unrecognisable noise (?)

It would be nice to hear from Dave
and Kris on this subject !


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 Post subject: Re: Spirit Of The Age Sound Effects
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It sounds foreign to be, the syllables that can be heard sound odd.

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 Post subject: Re: Spirit Of The Age Sound Effects
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To me, it's always sounded like layered up and echoed recordings of shortwave radio transmissions - so very probably 'foreign' (depending on exactly where you are!).



Back in 2004 I recorded this track, Static Space ...

http://www.mediafire.com/file/w719327gsv2ggv7/06+-+Static+Space.mp3

... which is a bit of a 'homage' to the opening to Quark - Quark was my first exposure to Hawkwind and that opening soundscape has a special significance for me*.

(* You can read why in my introductory post here ... http://hawkwindforum.freeforums.org/here-at-last-t5178.html )


For Static Space I had an old recording of 'between stations' shortwave radio static that I had recorded on an old ghettoblaster ten years or so previously and then I live mixed in the voices from a small medium wave radio through a reverse delay effect.

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 Post subject: Re: Spirit Of The Age Sound Effects
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cold war/iron curtain coded messages?


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 Post subject: Re: Spirit Of The Age Sound Effects
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^ intriguing thought and a very cool idea, Brown Dawn!
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I had initially thought of British naval transmissions ~ whatever it is it certainly captures an eerie atmosphere of civil danger.
classic 70s Hawkwind!

@SteamAbacus : very cool track ! 8-)
great homage to the spirit of the age of Hawkwind! :-)


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 Post subject: Re: Spirit Of The Age Sound Effects
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Hmmm.

Cold war messages, I like that too!

The short-wave radio idea sounds good, I know that Can/ Holger Szukay also used that kind of effect eg on 'Future Days'. Whatever the message says it really adds a lot of tension/atmosphere to the track. Brilliant!


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 Post subject: Re: Spirit Of The Age Sound Effects
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My particular favourite example of this is Porcupine Tree's 'Even Less' from Stupid Dream. FF to 6:06 to hear what I mean.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NrhKM3G8Mg

There's some famous examples like The Lincolnshire Poacher and there's a site dedicated to these Numbers broadcasts (you can actually buy a 5 CD set!). There's tons of different examples on Google/YouTube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-uE5l714m0
https://irdial.com/conet.htm

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If anyone can identify the 4 note jingle chime, towards the end of those coded messages, you may get the answer. Could be former Soviet agreed !

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