Radio Net, 1977
06 In the mid-1970s, sound artist Max Neuhaus came up with a creative use of NPR's Round Robin phone loop. Using this system (which allowed different affiliate stations to broadcast programs airing in other towns), he connected the phone-in banks of five stations, encouraged listeners to call in and whistle, and then looped these five cities of whistlers through a phase-shifter.

The result was a 2-hr long broadcast of a creepy, meandering, experimental soundscape that could have easily been mistaken as a takeover of earth's communications systems by alien overlords.

Listen to a sample snippet of the broadcast [MP3]

Watch a video about the project here (click on "A Look Behind the Scenes at Radio Net's Realization Process"), or read up on it here.