ПОТЕРЯЛИ КОСМОНАВТ - AHRKH & KHOM ft. SAM WEAVER at FAT OUT FEST 2014


FAT OUT FEST 2014. VIDEO JAM STAGE. SATURDAY 24TH MAY.

5TH FLOOR ISLINGTON MILL. 9.45PM.

During the late 50’s and 60’s, at the hight of the cold war, both the US and Soviet union were battling to be the first super power to conquer space. The world watched as the two powers fought to be the first to launch a satellite into space. Some were watching more closely than others.

On the 4th October 1957, The Soviet Union successfully launched the first satellite into earth orbit, Sputnik 1. Two unknown, Italian amateur radio astronomers, brothers Achille and Giovanni Judica-Cordiglia were tracking the satellite with scavenged equipment, and managed to record the radio frequencies the satellite was sending back to earth.

As more and more satellites from both sides of the globe were tested and launched, the brothers improved their listening capabilities, taking over an abandoned WW2 bunker in the hills surrounding Turin. They called their little observatory Torre Bert.

On the 28th October 1960, a West German observatory broadcast that is was picking up a bizarre signal from a Soviet frequency. The brothers tuned to this frequency, to hear the unmistakable SOS distress signal, being repeated over and over again. As the brothers had learned of the Doppler effect, and thus been able to calculate speed and altitude from that, they determined the signal was being transmitted from an earth orbit. As they calculated that the signal showed almost no relative speed, this meant that the source was on a direct course away from earth.

The signal decayed, and was never heard of again.

About two months later in February 1961, the brothers picked up another signal, which was harder to interpret. Their cardiologist father was able to identify this and another transmission from the same flight, they were hearing the failing heartbeat, and dying breaths of an unconscious man.

3 months later, Yuri Gagarin was successfully launched on the first recorded manned flight in space.

In May of the same year, the most dramatic and terrifying signal the brother’s had recorded was picked up. A Russian woman’s voice was heard, in a state of distress:

five…four…three …two…one…one
two…three…four…five…
come in… come in… come in…
LISTEN…LISTEN! …COME IN
COME IN… COME IN… TALK TO ME
TALK TO ME!… I AM HOT!… I AM HOT
WHAT?… FORTYFIVE?… WHAT?…!!FORTYFIVE?… FIFTY?…
YES…YES…YES… BREATHING…
BREATHING… OXYGEN…
OXYGEN… I AM HOT… (THIS)
ISN’T THIS DANGEROUS?… IT’S ALL…
ISN’T THIS DANGEROUS?… IT’S ALL…
YES…YES…YES… HOW IS THIS?
WHAT?… TALK TO ME!… HOW SHOULD I
TRANSMIT? YES…YES…YES…
WHAT? OUR TRANSMISSION BEGINS NOW…
FORTY ONE… THIS WAY… OUR
TRANSMISSION BEGINS NOW…
FORTY ONE… THIS WAY… OUR
TRANSMISSION BEGINS NOW…
FORTY ONE… YES… I FEEL HOT…
I FEEL HOT… IT’S ALL… IT’S HOT…
I FEEL HOT… I FEEL HOT… I FEEL HOT…
… I CAN SEE A FLAME!… WHAT?…
I CAN SEE A FLAME!… I CAN SEE A
FLAME!…
I FEEL HOT… I FEEL HOT… THIRTY TWO…
THIRTYTWO… FORTYONE… FORTYONE! ! AM I GOING TO CRASH?… YES…YES… I FEEL HOT!…
I FEEL HOT!… I WILL REENTER!… I WILL REENTER…
I AM LISTENING!… I FEEL HOT!…

The signal then abruptly ended.

These recordings, and many others have of course been dismissed, covered up by the Soviet Government. At the time, the height of the cold war and space race, it was much easier for the state controlled Russian media to control what was released to the world. 


The most intriguing signal is the SOS of 28th October 1960. How long did the cosmonaut frantically hammer the signal until he realised no one could help? How long did it take him to die? How far did he travel, maybe even further than Voyage 1, launched in 17 years later, which is currently 19,031,719,835 KM from Home.

The idea of this performance is visualise the experiences of these lost cosmonauts. The sounds, the feeling of being utterly alone, helplessly drifting further and further into the unknown. 

The performance will include actual transmissions that the brothers picked up from the Soviet craft.

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

Busy weekend of Khomunication. Friday, as part of Future Everything Festival, I’ll be providing the visual stimulus at Islington Mill for the Mika Vainio show, featuring the incredible NINOS DU BRASIL. Tickets and more here. 
Saturday is the next AHRKH & KHOM performance, this time for MADE III festival over in Sheffield. Early doors, 5pm, £5, BYOB.
Finally Sunday, again as part of Future Everything, I’ll be joining Sam Weaver and the group of participants of the synth building workshops for the performance with Peter Edwards, Joker Nies and Richard Scott. The Benjolin Orchestra will be performing with their freshly made instruments from the workshops. Again at Islington Mill, only £3. 

Busy weekend of Khomunication. Friday, as part of Future Everything Festival, I’ll be providing the visual stimulus at Islington Mill for the Mika Vainio show, featuring the incredible NINOS DU BRASIL. Tickets and more here

Saturday is the next AHRKH & KHOM performance, this time for MADE III festival over in Sheffield. Early doors, 5pm, £5, BYOB.

Finally Sunday, again as part of Future Everything, I’ll be joining Sam Weaver and the group of participants of the synth building workshops for the performance with Peter Edwards, Joker Nies and Richard Scott. The Benjolin Orchestra will be performing with their freshly made instruments from the workshops. Again at Islington Mill, only £3.