Right OK. So the silence must have lasted at least 90 minutes. That’s what it felt like anyway. I kept the earpieces in all the way through though and did not stop or fast forward the track. I was genuinely worried I had a faulty download. Maybe that’s the point.
However at 4 hours 45 minutes I detected a very faint slither of digital hiss which very slowly built into a steady swathe of shimmering sound, staying at one low volunt for half an hour before the voices returned, now very distorted. As I listen now as we cut through the hills of the lake district it’s like trying to make out voices over a faint longwave radio signal through a haze of radio confusion.
What was the silence for? Just to annoy? Confuse? Perhaps to give some respite after the abrasive sandblasting that preceeded it? It was actually quite welcome here letting me phone julie easily at one point, though always on edge wondering if it might suddenly reappear at volume.