AND-OR:: sniff_jazzbox (nintendo ds homebrew)
sniff_jazzbox (nintendo ds)
sniff_jazzbox creates an audible city. it converts the wlan-waves into sound waves. the wlan conversion uses a streamsearch algorithm which was also used in streamfishing and searchsongs.

concept by & johannes auer

sniff_jazzbox captures the wlans in the immediate area like a wardrive-tool and produces a stream of wlan-names. this stream of words might be understood as a subconscious expression of the presently existing communication networks. sniff_jazzbox renders private data visible, translates it and makes it audible as a melody of yearning for contact and exchange.

the names of the captured hotspots contain playable tones of the musical notation system (c, d, e, f, g, a, h, c, fis, ces ...). as you walk, ride or drive through town you will inevitably encounter loads of hotspots which are accessible for your little machine. sniff_jazzbox is made for the portable Nintendo DS and NDS, it registers all the hotspots and turns them into music. Try it out! Walk through your neighbourhood or any town - preferably in the evening - and hear the wireless and invisble communication around you!

hardware: nintendo ds (homebrew nds on wikipedia >)
playable: on a special card for nintendo ds (supercard, r4)
install: 1. download zip 2. decompress 3. copy to your card 4. start / start 5. start walking

if you like this you might like the 'game-version' of this concept as well: metro-wardive >

sniff_jazzbox is a complex mesh of language and music interaction between human being, machine and wireless communication, between physical motion, real-time data capturing, streaming, musical notation and programming. sniff_jazzbox creates an audible city.

sniff_jazzbox will be presented as a walk-about show on pre-equipped nintendo nds consoles.

sniff_jazzbox is a collaborative project of AND-OR (René Bauer, Beat Suter) and Johannes Auer.

sniff_jazzbox - songs from the techincal subconscious

The audible city: any urban space is a space for music

Create your own melodies and your own metro-sound-compositions! (Stroll through town, ride a bus, get on a train etc.)

zurich.melody level in google-map >
Different melodies wherever and whenever you tune in

Environment is important: your immediate area creates the tune, walk and change it
Sofia 2008: Czeck Centre, Computerspace, XX edition, october 31 - november 3.
Vienna 2008: City Hall, future and reality of gaming (F.R.O.G.), october 17 - 19.
Bergen 2008: UIB, Landmark Café, electronic literature in europe, september 11 - 13.
Vienna 2008: University of Applied Arts, consciousness reframed 9, july 3 - 5.
Stuttgart 2008: Literaturhaus, Literatur und Strom 2: Netzgeschichten, april 16-18.