Conet Project free online


21 Responses to “Conet Project free online”

  1. the Other michael says:

    “they’re made of meat.”

  2. Chang says:

    Ha! I have these Cd;s somewhere in the basement. I love them. They scare the SHIT out of me though.

    It’s weird how now they’re free after Irdial sued WEA and Wilco.

  3. Secret_Life_of_Plants says:

    In the early 80s I spent some time sailing between the Florida Keys, Jamaica and Cuba, and sometimes, late at night, we would pick up these number stations on the little radio on our boat. It was still Cold-War-ish then, and we didn’t know if they were secret spy codes or some pirate smuggling codes. Someone even thought they had something to do with cock-fight betting or numbers-running, or maybe even those Santeria-store “Dream Code” books that tell you what numbers to play in the lottery.

    The high and low pitched fading in and out of the signal, and being in the middle of the black-as-black ocean at night, and as @8 says, the “static laden”ness of it all was truly eerie and haunting, like being watched by spacemen or something.

    When I was a kid, on Sunday nights in Arizona there was a radio show that was somewhat a proto-”Coast to Coast AM” (as it was in the Art Bell days, not the Nooryfied Now)…following that (and a few Styx or ELO songs) there was another show called “Radio Tel Aviv”. On this show people constantly talked about the threat of nuclear annihilation. It faded in and out like a numbers station or a station you just barely pull-in at night on a long road trip across the desert. Sometimes there would be a moment of intense static and then dead silence. I always became afraid that the other side of the planet had blown up and the destruction was racing over the horizon towards me like the Sun’s devastation at the end of Niven’s “Inconstant Moon”.

  4. tresser says:


    one of my earliest memories of my grandparents house was a bedroom my parents slept in while we visited that i was -never- allowed to go into. having the room adjacent to theirs i was always tempted to have a look see. One day, after hearing her get off the phone and leaving the room to go downstairs, my ears pearked up to the lack of the door closing all the way. I slid off the bed and headed directly to the room that was off limits. once inside i saw all of my grandfathers WWII memorabilia, but not realizing what it was at the time. then suddenly an awful beeping noise coming from the darker corner of the room startled me. and as i crept closer to see what was making such an alarming noise, i hear a female voice squawking and i immediately got creeped out and left the room and headed downstairs to imform parents there was a weird noise comming from their room.

    It was the off-the-hook signal from the phone, and the eventual recorded prompt to check the number you were dialing. But from that day on, that kind of static laden missive has kept me at great unease.

    I’m with you Chang….it’s creepy stuff.


  5. thatmikeykid says:

    Some of the tracks are hauntingly beautiful.

    They have a bit of a presence on as well.

    Conet group.

    Irdial Discs group.

  6. Chas44 says:

    …so the farmer says,

    46673 68310 57220 88901 09812
    18404 49514 28443 83721 49956
    72878 12623 83299 10117 53902

    That one always cracked me up…

  7. themindfantastic says:

    I grabbed these from the internet archive years ago myself when a a friend Sherilyn Connelly mentioned them in her writings, and they are some of the best and oddest recordings, I have ever listened to (and I listen to some ODD stuff). I sometimes put a track or two on mix CDs for friends and usually I get an email or phone call a few days later asking what it is, and then I can spend the 5 or so minutes explaining them, and on more than a few occasions have burned audio cds of the whole project for them, because they are really great and in just the right setting kind of paranoia inducing.

  8. annoyingmouse says:

    There was an interesting number stations documentary on BBC radio 4 a few years ago called “Tracking the Lincolnshire Poacher” (available @

  9. Takuan says:

    (snicker!) 54678 83688 you buddy!

  10. anthony says:

    I have these from a few years ago as well. Nice sounds for the studio (but then again I enjoy station drift).
    I like “Russian Man Counting”.

  11. David Pescovitz says:

    Annoyingmouse #11, Thank you for that! Here’s the fixed embedded link.

  12. Chris Barrus says:

    I’m proud to be #180 on Aquarius’ list of Conet purchasers on the wall.

  13. tahewitt says:

    It’s been available for at least a couple of years on, along with ,pdf files of the cover art:

  14. Clifton says:

    Irdial sued, because they had a predecessor of the CC noncommercial license, I think based on the GNU documentation license, and Wilco was making use of it for commercial restricted-copyright release. The audio files have been freely downloadable for years; it was only the way it was used that was a problem. Same thing as incorporating GNU-licensed code into a commercial product.

  15. artbot says:

    #14 – Ha! I also picked mine up at Aquarius a couple years ago. I don’t remember which number I am, and they just ran out of Polaroid film, so no enshrinement on the wall for me. Awesome music store them.

  16. ill lich says:

    I finally heard one of these stations “live” on shortwave a couple years ago, had known about them for years but never found them on the dial.

  17. hohum says:

    I know I’m late to the party now and probably nobody is going to read this, but just in case…! Does anyone know if there’s a way to grab them all at once using curl? The equivalent, basically, of
    but that clearly doesn’t work and I couldn’t figure anything else out… Been downloading them all manually but was just curious, this is bound to come up again…


  18. Xeni Jardin says:

    so glad you blogged this, Pesco, tuning in now!

  19. Keeper of the Lantern says:

    I’ve always thought the number stations were one-time pads used by field agents for encrypting their communications back to the US. But maybe they are outward messages…

  20. Takuan says:

    they’re STILL going?

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