The Shortwave Mystery* ‎– Signals From Afar

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1 Signals From Afar (Vocalize) 6:34
2 Pilots (Version) 6:07
3 Turn Time Away 5:53
4 Whoever Knew (Short Autumn Mix) 4:44
5 Laugh Tomorrow
Vocals – Linda George (2)
6 Special Girl 4:28
7 Segue 6:04
8 Dantes' Interlude 2:21
9 Synth-Tape-Test! 3:13
10 Bump 'N' Grind (Rick & Kevin Mix) 3:35
11 Takin' Chances (Castro Street Mix) 4:55
12 Scuby-Ruby
Vocals – Emilie Nelson
13 A Nicer Girl 4:27
14 Ekaterina Szabo ('84 Olympic Mix) 4:45
15 Pilots (Original 12" Mix) 5:46

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Recorded in the Bedroom, Goleta CA, 1983-1985
Remixed at Different Fur Studios, World Service Collective Studios, Northern California 2010-2011
Mastered at Cohearant Mastering, LA California.

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October 27, 2013
Did ever somebody recognized that she looks like Britney Spears?


June 18, 2011
edited over 5 years ago
The Shortwave Mystery formed in Central California, USA in 1982 in the shadows of the the second British invasion. Initially an all electronic, live based synth-noise duo consisting of Greg Scoggin and Scott Alain Campbell, (then known as 'The Veil') their sole purpose was to create hard-edged, experimental electronic rhythms (an early form of Electronic Body Music) for the fledgling, underground dance music scene forming in the mid-eighties California.

Early incantations of The Shortwave Mystery 'sound' began to materialize when Scoggin began to coin melodic, pop sensible, lyric driven songs in his own studio when not playing with Campbell, yet all the while, still retaining some of the edgy, darker elements used in the live repertoire honed along with Campbell. In this capacity the driving, experimental electro- noise was left for live shows while Scoggin's solo, pop accessible tracks found their way onto a variety of demo tapes that circulated their way to synth enthusiasts and elecronic college radio shows. Finding a listening audience via this outlet, Scoggin began writing more pop infused electro-dance material akin to his influences from groups such as New Musik & The Korgis. Scoggin pulled in female keyboardist and vocalist Linda George as well as other local musician friends to fill in for needed instrumentation during live shows . During this divergence, Campbell remained committed to the darker leanings of elecro-goth and left to form his own group, Tin Shadows in 1984.

Fans of the newer material Scoggin wrote soon insisted it be further produced and after college radio play of Shortwave Mystery demo tapes, A 12" Shortwave Mystery single, 'Pilots' ensued on the bands own independent 'Good Records' where it subsequently attained marginal underground dance floor success.

The band and the label soon faded into obscurity as all members of The Shortwave Mystery, most not over age 18 at the time of the EP release, moved from Central California to attend universities elsewhere. The group disbanded by early 1985, although Scoggin and Wright, who attended university together in Santa Barabara, CA, continued to write as a duo under the moniker 'Chapel Bell Chimes' & wrote a series of tracks that went no further than demo tapes.

In 2010, 25 years after the initial release of the 'Pilots' EP, international public demand brought the lost sound of the Shortwave Mystery out of obscurity when underground DJ's began to play bootleg copies of the Pilots EP and original copies of the rare wax began to appear on eBay selling for over $1000. At the behest of many fans of newer indie dance labels specializing in the newly coined genre of 'Dark Wave', (to which much of Scoggin's works seem to be categorized), Scoggin was urged to re-release the tracks from the original 'Pilots EP.

In 2010 Scoggin, 25 years in haitus and working undervarious psuedonyms as a producer for myriad independent progressive house and trance labels, signed off to SF based start up World Service Collective Recordings and reissued 'Pilots', as well as extended, previously unreleased Shortwave Mystery offerings that heretofore had only seen the likes of demo tapes. The first release was the limited edition, marbled vinyl 12" Down and Out in a Town of Yardsales (WS2010001) and a year later, the followup full length CD Signals from Afar(WS2011001).

Presently Scoggin works as 1/2 of production outfit Windrum~Scoggin, leaving the strict electronic dance floor confines to again reference back to the minor chord progressions and melancholic song oriented undertones that became a signature of his earlier works.
A new 12" EP, Sarah Goods Lament, is slated for release, June 2012 on World Service Collective Recordings.