‘Operation Wandering Soul’ was a psychological warfare program employed by the US Armed Forces during the Vietnam War. It played on the Vietcong’s belief that a soldier who does not receive proper burial is destined to wander the Earth aimlessly for eternity.
US Army technicians spent months creating the infamous ‘Ghost Tape No. 10’. South Vietnamese actors were employed to recite haunting messages and their voices were treated with state-of-the-art echo chambers and tape delay effects. These chilling excerpts were set to Buddhist funeral chants and broadcast from helicopter loudspeakers, high above the Vietnamese jungle in the dead of night. Many guerrilla fighters would have been under the influence of opium and hashish (to cope with the harsh realities of war) when these terrifying sounds were unleashed from the skies above.
This special instalment of Night Lunch combines Mutant Disco and Napalm Funk with extracts from Mark Gergis’ Radio Vietnam collage (Sublime Frequencies), at an attempt of re-creating this hallucinatory jungle soundtrack.
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