NE2 is a machine to sonically explore wireless networks. Intended as a static machine, it expands the scope of the portable NE1, and it is built out of steel into a flight-case.
NE2 captures wireless packets of data local to it, analyses them and directly converts their contents into square waves. The resulting sound, akin to white noise, is listened to through a headphones port built on the outside of the flight-case.
NE2 has six ports built into an operational panel, corresponding to six typology of network data. Upon receipt of a packet, a signal goes through the relevant port, triggering a peripheral connected to it.
Different kind of peripherals surround the machine. A set of solenoids plays the glockenspiel; a MIDI keyboard stutters ambient noise, bursting into life as the network picks up pace; a second set of solenoids, clamped to surfaces, creates a shifting rhythm; a Super 8 projector advances a frame of Micky Mouse’s ‘The Band Concert’.
Plugging peripherals into different ports allows to tune into different slices of the network.