Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Faaip de Oiad - The Original Art Bell Call Uncut

Ever wonder about that creepy voice on Faaip de Oiad, the closing track to Lateralus?

While many have heard the story, few have heard the original call before Tool got their genius all over it. Here is it - the full version that never even made it onto most radio stations. This is the most complete version known to exist:


Here is the story behind the call:

Art Bell is a late-night radio talk show host who broadcasts a show about various paranormal subjects ranging from aliens to ghosts and other unexplained phenomena.

On September 15, 1997, Bell opened a phone line for people working for Area 51 so they could call him and "spill the beans." One bizarre call was from an obviously distraught and terrified man who claimed to be a former Area 51 employee recently discharged for "medical" reasons. He cited malevolent extraterrestrials at Area 51 and an impending disaster that the government knew would take out "major population centers."

Midway through this call (according to GE engineers) the satellite's "Earth sensor lost lock" and the craft rolled into a latitude where it no longer pointed at the uplinks, causing 50 channels to go off-air for about 30 minutes. Shortly after the outage began, the live internet video feed from Art's studio was lost as well. Unaware of these events, Bell continued talking to the caller for another minute during the outage until he heard a scream and the phone went dead.

One of the first callers after the outage was someone who claimed to be from Area-51 "security." He said that his job was to "close gaps," the network had been "pulsed" and that we "would not hear from the caller again." More information on this can be found at:


Later someone called and claimed that they were the mystery caller and that it had just been a prank, however the callers voice is said to have been noticeably different than the original caller. While the real reason behind the outage may never be known for sure, Bell has noted that in all his years of radio he can not recall a single similar outage.

1 comment:

  1. http://www.strangerdimensions.com/2013/09/07/art-bell-area-51-caller/