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Freejak discovers Darude’s ‘Sandstorm’ is based on Hidden Morse Code


Darude’s classic hit Sandstorm has been revealed to be based around a hidden Morse Code pattern from Radio Signals recorded at Bletchley Park.

During her wartime service at Bletchley Park, Juliet worked decoding morse code messages which were being transmitted from a German tank corp. Not only did Juliet have to decipher the Morse Code, she then had to translate the messages from German into English so they could be relayed to the officers. Morse code is a method used in telecommunication to encode text characters as standardized sequences of two different signal durations, called dots and dashes, or dits and dahs. Morse code is named after Samuel Morse, one of the inventors of the telegraph.

Toni-Ville Henrik Virtanen better known by his stage name Darude is a Finnish DJ and record producer from Eura, Satakunta met with Juliet on a random trip to the park, whilst playing the UK in the early 00s. He noticed how Morse Code looked very similar to Midi patterns, so went on a mission to recreate part of the code into what is now ‘Sandstorm’.

The true discovery of Darude’s use of the Morse Code pattern has only come to light after UK producer Freejak turned his hand to the absolute club classic and to releases a bang-up-to-date version when he started chatting to Darude and using the parts to update the version he made the discovery.

Released on 4th March on London’s Perfect Havoc, you can take the pattern and use standard deciphering techniques you decode the pattern as its reads ‘You’re a doofus, Happy April Fools’

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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