Demystification Committee

Network Ensemble 1

Network Ensemble 1 is a portable tool to sonically explore wireless networks. Built into a flight-case, the machine allows its user to experience an otherwise hidden network activity through sound, listening out for patterns.

Network Ensemble 1 captures wireless packets of data local to it, analyses them and directly converts their contents into square waves, resulting in a sound akin to white noise. This is done through two ports, accessible on the outside of the flight-case: an input port for an antenna, and an output port for a pair of headphones.

When the machine is shut, the user can tune into the network and begin exploring it. When open, a set of peripherals stored in the bottom half of the flight-case can be connected to six ports built into the top half, corresponding to six categories of network data. Upon receipt of a packet, the relevant port sends a signal to be interpreted by a peripheral connected to it. This allows the user to tune into a specific slice of the network.

Peripherals are various in shape and scope: a set of speakers, a set of solenoids and a set of clamps. Together, they form a parasitic orchestra which plays the network data back onto its physical surroundings.