- The following email from Ed Wolfe <firstname.lastname@example.org
to Mark Hempel speaks for itself. An email from Mr. Hempel to which Mr.
Wolfe refers follows...
- Date: Sun, 29 Nov 1998 00:22:08 -0800
- From: email@example.com (Ed Wolfe)
- To: Mark Hempel <firstname.lastname@example.org
- This is a new one on me. A hoaxer debunking
his own creation. Details follow...
- Mark Hempel wrote:
- I initially tried newsgroups trying to
stir up feedback, but because I sort of 'spammed' the UFO newsgroups, I
don't think people took my efforts seriously."
- Not only did Mark spam the newsgroups,
he lied. He said that he had come across this site (wingmakers) and that
it was real interesting, had a lot of info, including music, that he claims
he couldn't get to play when he tried it, and he asked for people's opinions
of the site.
- He also said there was no one claiming
ownership of the site, and no webmaster was listed.
- One problem is, he sent that message
out with the email address: email@example.com
- That alone makes it hard to believe that
he just stumbled across the site.
- A simple WhoIs search of Internic reveals
one Mark Hempel as the owner of the site also. Of course, he tells us that
he secured that domain name, but he saw fit to promote the site under
a false pretense on usenet.
- But even worse, he posted to another
usenet group completely unrelated to the conspiracy/ufo groups, and this
time, he appears to have told to the truth. He was addressing his peers
- fellow artists. Here's what he wrote to alt.art.video:
- -- begin posted article --
- Anyone interested in making a film for
the net? I have all the content. I created the site to be the blueprint
for a film or TV series. It's taken 3 years to produce all of the content.
I created everything you'll see on the site. It's completed integrated.
I call this Immersive Multimedia Art Forms (IMAF). IMAFs are experimental,
but very powerful ways to experience art.
- They're ideal -- in my opinon -- for
conversion into film. Only about 60% of the total content for this site
is posted, but you'll see how extensive it is. It takes most people 10-12
hours to complete the site if they read/view and consider every page. You're
invited. This is one of the only IMAFs on the web I know about. If you
know of others, please let me know.
- Mark -- end posted article --
- So now we already have three different
versions from him about his knowledge of the site. But wait, there's more...
- So I began my own research into this
community via the web.
- In doing so, I came across numerous web
sites that had email addresses of people who were expert and/or experienced
in this field. Since about a week ago, I sent out about 30 emails to a
wide variety of people. My efforts were to seek your advice and help in
assessing the wingmaker site.
- It was in this message that he said the
reporter, Anne, had the last name of Anderson. Being that Anne's sole contact
with the top secret group was with a person named Dr. Anderson, this was
just sloppy and stupid.
- Over the course of employing your help,
I've come to the following conclusion based in part on your feedback and
my own research. Not all of you will probably agree, but I believe the
site is indeed an elaborate hoax.
- Yes. A hoax created by Mark and a few
friends. Possibly in part to help promote a CD that is coming out soon,
(or that was recently put out) on which, Mark is one of the musicians.
The group is called 'Soul Food' and the music on their debut release called
"Breathe" sounds remarkably like the music that the futurians
left in New Mexico 850 years ago.
- Or perhaps it's what the person who hired
me claimed it was, an experimental art site.
- Perhaps, and it's a great work of some
sort of art, but like one usenet poster said in response to your posting,
"I like my art to be signed."
- What follows are the reasons I've come
to this conclusion:
- 1) The music is too contemporary sounding.
It just doesn't sound like something that would be produced 750 years in
the future. I really like the music, but I've had musicians listen to it
and they don't hear many sounds that seem futuristic. Every sound that
they heard could be replicated today on a synthesizer or digital sampler.
- You should know. Or, is it a completely
different Mark Hempel on 'Soul Food's' CD that just happens to play the
same sort of music you have on your wingmaker's site?
- 6) I had a linguist analyze the speech
of "Dr. Anderson" and she didn't believe a man with such a supposedly
high IQ would talk like he does, particularly if he worked 80 hours per
week with others like himself. People with high I.Q.'s can talk in any
way that pleases them.
- On the other hand, I happen to have analyzed
Mark's speech and that of Anne and concluded that they are the same person.
- The most glaring evidence is that Mark
has a habit of mis-using a common phrase. There are many phrases people
use to resume their narrative. Things like, "On any road..."
(british), "In any event" and "In any case," and "At
any rate." All of these begin with prepositions.
- Mark's uses the phrase, "At any
rate," except he has the unusual habit of dropping the word "At."
He just starts a sentence with, "Any rate..."
- Incredibly, Anne does this same exact
- I've never seen anyone delete the preposition
from those phrases before, and yet, both Mark and Anne do it.
- Therefore, I'm calling this a hoax or
experimental art site. Afterall, to be fair with my client, she never claimed
it was anything but an experimental art site from an art collective in
- Why would she or you create art that
claims to be revealing previously unknown data?
- A film is a work of art, but if the film
depicted something as an actual event that didn't actually occur, then
the film is a hoax, a lie, or propaganda.
- There's no doubt that this site is a
work of art, but why does it portray itself as something real. It's first
sentence speaks of a discovery in New Mexico.
- If it's just art, should'nt it have a
disclaimer of some sort?
- Or, is it an experimental art form -
one that attempts to fool the viewer into thinking that it isn't art?
- It was just the lack of communication
from her that got my suspicions up, and caused me to take the time to read
the text of the site-which to me was very odd.
- Then why did you post to alt.art.video
that you made everything on the site and that it took you three years to
- I still haven't heard from her (my client),
but I'm asking your help to pronounce the site a hoax,
- You got it.
- Feel free to pass this along.
- Ed Wolfe
- This is the letter to which Mr. Wolfe
Alludes in the above. It is a response to Michael Lindemann's inquiry
about the similarity between the alleged 'wingmakers' music and a contemporary
CD called 'Soulfood'.
- From: "Mark Hempel" <firstname.lastname@example.org
- To: <CNINews1@aol.com
- Cc: <email@example.com
- Subject: RE: Wingmakers = Hoax?
- Date: Sat, 28 Nov 1998 20:54:13 -0600
- Hi, Michael,
- Yes, I know this album very well (Soulfood).
I used to work at NetRadio for approximately 2 years. I was in charge of
operations (COO), before we sold the company to Navarre, and I moved into
consulting. Anyway, my involvement with Gordy's CD project was the following:
He shared it with me when it was in early production (Gordy was a DJ at
netradio under the name DJ Free). I told him it was a great project and
that he should finish it and play it over the Internet via NetRadio's new
age and world music channels. I did not produce or co-produce the album.
I simply encouraged him. You can buy the album at most music stores and
in the credits my name is not mentioned as producer, co-producer, or musician.
He simply thanks me in the credits (along with about twenty other people).
I believe he was thankful for my support and willingness to let him play
it on the NetRadio "airwaves". As for the similarity of sound
between Soulfood and WingMakers, yes, I can hear similarities too, but
they seem more in the use of nature sounds than musical instruments, vocals,
etc. Also, there are strings used extensively in WingMakers, and I don't
think there are any strings in SoulFood that I can recollect.
- I don't know if that answers your question,
but I can't take credit for something I didn't do. However, it seems that
your real question is whether I can't take credit for something I did do.
I think you'd agree that to produce the WingMakers site, someone or probably
some group would have to go to a lot of effort. To me, those paintings
don't look like they were created in a few weeks time or even months. I
don't disagree with anyone that it's a hoax. It probably is, and that seems
to be the prevailing opinion of those who have looked at the site.
- I've done my own research, and with the
help of about 25 other people (I didn't know before a week ago), I think
the issues that are most probably hoax-revealing are:
- 1) The music is too contemporary sounding.
It just doesn't sound like
- something that would be produced 750
years in the future. I really like the
- music (I made a CD of it), but I've had
musicians listen to it and they
- don't hear many sounds that seem futuristic.
Every sound that they heard
- could be replicated today on a synthesizer
or digital sampler.
- 2) According to a scientist who read
the entire text of the site, somewhere
- in the interview transcripts section
there's a reference to the Pleaides,
- which is claimed to be the seed race
of the WingMakers and humankind. This
- scientist says the Pleaides is a relatively
young nebula, and therefore this
- is not possible.
- 3) I had an ex-Navy intelligence officer
review the site, and he read the
- ACIO memos and said they're completely
out of protocol standards and he
- doesn't believe any agency or department
of the NSA would violate these
- 4) The glyphs have been further researched
and the connection to Sumerian
- culture seems to be a stretch. There
are some similarities, but for the most
- part, these glyphs are not recognizable
to an anthropologist that looked at
- the site.
- 5) I had a person who had read a book
by Courtney Brown called Cosmic
- Voyage, and he quoted passages from the
book that seemed very similar to the
- writings in the transcripts where they
talk about the Martians, Greys, and
- remote viewing in general. It's either
an amazing corroboration or someone
- lifted the ideas from the book. (I sent
an email to Dr. Brown asking him to
- look at the site. I haven't heard back
from him yet).
- 6) I had a linguist analyze the speech
of "Dr. Anderson" and she didn't
- believe a man with such a supposedly
high IQ would talk like he does,
- particularly if he worked 80 hours per
week with others like himself. She
- felt his language skills represented
someone with above average
- intelligence, but certainly not a genius.
- 7) For my two-cents, I just can't believe
that the crystals could be so high
- tech. That just doesn't make sense to
me. Synthetic or not. Crystals are not
- a technology. So to me, the fact that
the technology artifacts aren't shown
- more or in more detail, to me, that's
the most certain proof that the site
- is not what it claims. I was on some
new age site doing some research and
- saw a crystal that looked extremely similar
to one of the artifacts (I
- forget which chamber, but it's the one
that has two distinctive pointed
- There're a few more things that lead
me to the conclusion it's a hoax, but I think these are enough. I think
someone should just call it what it is. I don't know who the grand de-bunker
is for the UFO/paranormal community, but the site, as far as I'm concerned
should be called a hoax. I believe it is. Perhaps then it will reduce the
traffic in my email box, which would be appreciated.
- For my part, anyone who sends me an email
asking about the site, will get a response from me that is similar to the
7 reasons I just gave for why I believe it's a hoax. I hope you'll help
me in doing the same.
- Thanks for your email.