Spirits of the Night
Five years ago, Jad Abumrad, creator, host and producer of the internationally recognized radio program Radio Lab, composed Untitled. He had bought a cheap, shortwave radio and walked around his apartment in Brooklyn late one restless night, recording all the strange garbled fuzz between channels, where occasionally a Chinese or Russian or Arabic word would pop out. It all sounded very ghostly and reminded him of what he'd read about the early history of radio, how early radio listeners believed that radio signals commingled with the spirits of the dead in the ether. So he took a lot of these shortwave recordings and processed them into little spirits of his own. Untitled was composed for an experimental puppet show and has since been used in several short films.