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Neither Confirmed Nor Denied: An Opera of Coded Information by Gino Robair 

When: Sat., Aug. 16, 8 p.m. 2014
Price: $10
Our first exposure to the “numbers stations” transmissions — codes that have been broadcast on shortwave radio in a variety of languages since the 1940s — was on Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2001). The sample, taken from The Conet Project: Recordings of Shortwave Numbers Stations (1997), was a labor of love captured and cataloged by aural obsessive Akin Fernandez (Fernandez’ collection can be downloaded for free at As of yet unexplained and unrelenting, these strings of code continue to leach into the public sphere — in episodes of Fringe, in ambitious one-off performances by the Kronos Quartet, in James Cameron movies. Now San Francisco’s own remarkable Gino Robair is tackling the sonic mind-worms. His one-act opera, Neither Confirmed Nor Denied, places performers on four separate floors of a gallery where they will draw on a unique set of instructions — Robair’s version of a one-time pad — to translate numbers and words into music and movement, essentially decoding Robair’s libretto and score in real time. Your experience will vary, depending on which character/numbers station you visit. And it will probably haunt you.
— Silke Tudor


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