Remember Those Sonic Attacks on Diplomats in Cuba? Here’s What They Heard

One of the weirder audio stories of the year has to do with the plight of Canadian and American diplomats who were driven out of Cuba by some weird sonic shenanigans. The guess is that they were targeted with some kind of highly focused weapon that uses sound. The results were memory loss, hearing loss, nosebleeds, and even minor brain damage.

Now we have the first recordings of what they were hearing. No wonder these people were going nuts. This high-pitched whine sounds like a bunch of amp-ed up crickets are dragging fingernails down a chalkboard while rubbing steel cutlery together. Check out.

Scientists back in the US have been analyzing these sounds and have discovered that there are about 20 different frequencies embedded in the signal that came in pulses of various lengths followed by gaps of silence either four or 13 seconds long. But where did the sounds come from? And who was directing them at diplomats? “Not us,” says Cuba.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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