The Moscow Coup Attempt is the music and film endeavor of Los Angeles based producer, composer, and covert operative of disenchantment, Derek Whitacre.
The 2005 album "The Failure of Shortwave Radio" was the first release from TMCA. The album is a stream of unconscious interpretation of failures in communication of not just nations, but persons. A grand scale assessment of individuals.
The artistic base of influence for the album lies in "Numbers Stations" and their influence on world politics, the cold war, espionage, and musical themes. Many of the motives of "The Failure..." are derived from the musical interludes of these Numbers Stations. "The Failure of Shortwave Radio" attempts to capture the creepy and mysterious essence of Numbers Stations as a broader outlook on humanity and breakdowns in communication wrapped up in the music. What appears on the surface to be an ambient electronic adventure turns into the soundtrack of a film. The purpose is to wrap the listener in an environment that is comfortable, yet unnerving... like a good suspense-thriller.
The second release by TMCA for 2006, "Insomnia," is a continuation, and at the same time, an expansion of the ideas and themes expressed on "The Failure of Shortwave Radio." Starting where the first album leaves off, "Insomnia" is an uninterrupted 6-movement piece covering 40 minutes of sound and film. The album features the beautiful vocal work of Vera Ostrova, the voice of Russia's "TheBlueStorm," on the track "Do You Fear Sleep?" The last portion of the album takes the form of a hypnosis inducing recording of a truly amazing Numbers Station combined anomaly... 2 overlapping occurrences with added sound experiments by TMCA.
"Insomnia" comes not only in music form, but also as a film on the special CD/DVD combo release.