Bus Number Stations

Bus Number Stations

This project was initiated by our Collaborator Jon Ardern.

Number stations broadcast pre-recorded audio of a voice reading a sequence of numbers, interspersed by simple melodies. Although not permanent these stations broadcast the same message for long periods of time, with no official purpose. The ambiguity and abstraction of the content being broadcast make the number stations’ purpose fertile ground for speculation, but they are most popularly believed to be coded communications between spies.

Playing on the mystery - and probable mundanity - of real number stations, the Bus Timetable Number Station is a solar powered FM transmitter that sits on the roof of a bus shelter. The transmitter repeatedly broadcasts a voice recording of the timetable for the buses that stop there. Each buses times are interspersed with a slowed down version of the melody from‘Wheels on the Bus’.

Materials:
- USB mp3 player
- iTrip (short-range FM transmitter)
- Solar charger