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LAPD radio signals + ambient music = a haunting collage
LAPD radio signals + ambient music = a haunting collage

The Montreal band Godspeed You! Black Emperor is famous for its collages of doomsaying street sermons and sad-eyed orchestrations. But the website You Are Listening to Los Angeles gives that formula a local and often spooky revamp.  The site pairs dueling live-streams of instrumental ambient music culled from Soundcloud with chatter taken from the LAPD Citywide Dispatch and Hot Spots radio frequency. It's a simple idea, but the tandem streams make you feel as if you're starring in your own private "Collateral" or "Drive."  Most of the time, the radio signals just lend a general air of haunted noir to the music, which seems to come largely from home...

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