[ISEA2017] Poster: John Brumley — Revealing Network Infrastructure at Geographic Scale Using Location Based Audio

Poster Statement 

Keywords: Geolocation, Augmented Reality, Infrastructures, Data Center, Sonic Environment, 3D Audio, Mobile Phone, Web Application

Data centers are a necessary element of contemporary global network infrastructure, but are generally overlooked due to obscurity or more often indifference by the general public. This project aims to elevate the importance of data centers within urban landscapes by providing them with unique sound signatures. To achieve such a goal, a web based application has been developed that takes a user’s location and orientation and creates a synthesized three-dimensional audio space based on that user’s spatial relation to nearby data centers. This enables a user to passively listen to an audio representation of the combined virtual activity within a given region. Additionally, users can actively seek out individual data centers using their emanations as a navigation tool.

  • John Brumley is currently a PhD candidate in the department of Empowerment Informatics at the University of Tsukuba in Japan where his research focuses on using mixed reality systems to promote collaboration in physical space. Brumley received his MFA from UCLA in 2015 in the department of Design Media Arts, producing digital and physical work regarding contemporary virtuosity, localized collaboration, and digitally saturated adolescence. He holds a BA in music composition from UC Davis (USA) where he spent time as a radio DJ, improviser, and a practitioner of Sundanese gamelan music.

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