REPRESENTATIVE/SELECTED RECORDINGS OF MUSIC BY DOUGLAS HEDWIG
Before the advent of the Internet, short-wave radio broadcasts brought sounds and ideas from around the world to anyone with a radio and antennae. TranSonic Awakenings in D is an electro-acoustic composition in three sections, inspired by the fascinating, and often mysterious sounds and diverse languages associated with short-wave radio broadcasts and audio transmissions from around the globe. Before digital tuning in receivers, manual tuning of radio frequencies was necessary. So, interspersed throughout this section we hear a pastiche of tuning sounds over a bed of tonal pulsation. In the middle section we hear fragments of both spoken and musical radio “call-signs,” typically used at the start and end of scheduled shortwave broadcast cycles, for worldwide transmission from Radio Argentina. The work concludes with the sound of Medieval church bells from central Italy. The work is 10 minutes, 45 seconds in duration.
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