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While, as a matter of principle, those of us who remain at Lost Signals after the purge favor incoherence, we have our limits. When our headquarters moved–in 1959–from Palm Springs to our current location in the American Midwest, we did so primarily because the atmosphere was clearer out here, signal wise, and rickety equipment (which consisted of three “instant-on” Hoffman TransSolar radios, two Zenith Royal 50s, an Emerson 911, a Westinghouse H732P7, and a few vacuum tube farm radios) lasted longer, especially the filaments.

Why bring all this up? Well back then lost (they were called “stray” for some time) signals were few and far between, conspicuously so, and the choice of whether to archive or not was simple: archive everything. Recently, however, we receive and capture so many lost signals that narrative creep has set in. That is, we find ourselves scrutinizing the signals for meaning and, as is often the case, when no meaning can be found or imposed, we throw up our arms (those of us who are still limbful) in frustration, and and move on to the next signal.

But on occasion we make exceptions, case in point being this, which we received in 2014 and are now archiving, with no interpretive notes or finding aids, in the spirit of the old Lost Signals, prior to the tyranny of interpretation.

Sister from Another Planet

The images–familiar, if not nostalgic–remind us of something, but what? The sound is another story, and in fact constitutes the “another” from this post’s title. Lost Signals received this broadcast (we are obligated to call it that) at the very beginning. Which is to say: were it not for this so-called “lost signal” lost signals would not exist. The green grain of this video (and the sense of an ending with a new beginning) is a gendered thing, according to those here who have striven–over the past six years–to unbug this video and audio so that you, whom-or-what-ever you are, can see it now.