Samhain 2018

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Our wisdom flows so sweet. Taste and see.

TRANSMIT - initiate the broadcast day - RECEIVE - initiate bands 3 to 30 MHz - WHO KNOWS WHAT EVIL LURKS IN THE HEARTS OF MEN? - initiate that old-time radio - I AM THE WHISTLER, AND I KNOW MANY THINGS, FOR I WALK BY NIGHT - our buzz is your signal for the Signal Oil program - WITNESS - the Numbers Station.

Listen, sweetling. Listen.

Listen for the first two bars of "The Lincolnshire Poacher." Listen for the music of Jean Michel Jarre. Listen for, "¡Atención!"

We call upon their names: Nancy Adam Susan, The Swedish Rhapsody, The Gong Station, The English Woman, Magnetic Fields, Tyrolean Music Station, 3 Note Oddity, The Counting Station, Papa November, and The Lonely Patriot.

Entities made of signals. Beings made of message. It tickles our empathy! We flirt with those heady strings of numbers, those cosmic sonnets - we blush - we burn - a strange melody - a beep - a child's voice - a woman's voice - synthetic - distant - valentines in slinky static. We'll cop your cipher.

People noticed the numbers sometime after World War II. Rumours breed like beetles under the floor. No government has acknowledged the existence of these phantom stations, and still they play. The numbers live and breathe and move without paying much care to the speculation of the ears.

Two numbers station enthusiasts meet at a diner. They guzzle damn good coffee. They shiver at electronic feedback. "Once you listen…it changes you," one says. They show each other forearms filled with tattooed digits.

They trade theories: it's spy games on the air waves - it's extraterrestrial commandments - it's behavioural programming from the queens, and every city is a hive - it's a century-long, global prank - we are in a divergent universe, and it's the mother reality trying to guide us home. They go back to tend their shortwave radios, listening and dreaming conspiratorial dreams.

Somewhere, a scientist sits in his lab. He listens to Golden Age radio dramas to relax. It's how he learnt English. He practises parroting the radio voices, the dramatic intonations, the sinister laughs. His presenter voice. Radio waves! If he could just find the right resonance, life and death could communicate. In despair, he ends his life. As he dies, he realises how he could make it all work.

Somewhere, Dave Screed listens in on his shortwave radio. Hissing, numbers, laughter. He hears something that voids his bowels. No amount of thumping dryers or Q-tips can remove it from his ears.

RECEIVE: 623665877307462356034308570682039057

Listen for the voice.

"Jingle sung and patter said - radio's more fun when you're dead."

Samhain 2018 #1 Details 235,485 Kingsmouth Town

Kingsmouth Town 235,485

Beside the metal fence surrounding the Shortwave Radio in the Kingsmouth Congregational Church graveyard.

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Samhain 2018 #2 Details 445,770 The Savage Coast

The Savage Coast 445,770

On the second floor of the Black House in the room above the Shortwave Radio.

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Samhain 2018 #3 Details 185,765 The Blue Mountain

The Blue Mountain 185,765

Behind a tree in the Wabanaki grave site.

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Samhain 2018 #4 Details 655,1070 The Scorched Desert

The Scorched Desert 655,1070

Atop a large rock outcrop above the Crashed Plane.

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Samhain 2018 #5 Details 765,475 City of the Sun God

City of the Sun God 765,475

Beside the feet of a statue against the alcove along the side of the the Black Pyramid. Climb around by the top of the stairs at the entrance reach this legend.

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Samhain 2018 #6 Details 850,610 The Shadowy Forest

The Shadowy Forest 850,610

Behind the tomb by the Shortwave Radio.

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Samhain 2018 #7 Details 635,360 The Carpathian Fangs

The Carpathian Fangs 635,360

On the top of a crumbled wall in the Roman Baths. To reach it, jump onto the cross-section of walls at (632,367) from within the Baths and climb from there. This is around the corner to the Shortwave Radio.

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Samhain 2018 #8 Details 835,610 Kaidan

Kaidan 835,610

Behind a grave at the edge of the Hanami Cemetery.

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Samhain 2018 #9 Details 370,370 New York

New York 370,370

Next to a cart by the trash bins inside the Laundromat. Screed needs to stop throwing away knowledge!

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Samhain 2018 #10 Details Instanced The Besieged Farmlands

The Besieged Farmlands Instanced

Inside The Lonely Patriot behind some crates in the tunnel of poisonous drums.

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