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Weapons of Mass Distraction – Earworm Assault Devices

The Earworm Assault Devices (EAD) are a set of weapons for the propagation
of highly infectious sound or music (earworms).

“Sound is unavoidable (the ear can’t be shut like the eye) and evolutionary hardwired
into our cognition apparatus, it can reach into the subconscious and arouse emotions.
A well made sound can get stuck in the head of the hearer and loop for a varying time
span. The infected person oftentimes repeats the sound involuntarily by singing, humming
or whistling, eventually spreading the earworm like a virus. Messages can be modulated
onto earworms like radiowaves on a carrier frequency, as a result earworms can be
used to distribute messages or manipulate the individual. This fact is recognized
and commercially exploited in various fields of modern life – like pop music, cellphone
ringtones, audiobranding or elevator music to name a few.

Global brands are using huge budgets to propagate their earworms by means of multiple
costly channels, the respectable citizen remains defence- and powerless. Until now:

The Earworm Assault Devices (EAD) enable individuals or small groups
to distribute their own earworms. Small pieces of highly infectious sound or music
can be recorded onto the devices and fired at single or multiple persons, eventually
spreading your message out into the world. They come in different shapes and sizes
and are affordable for small budgets."

Currently, the following models are available:

Earworm Mine 12’’

EWM-12

Earworm Mine 12’’

Audio Attack Vehicle v.1

AAV-1

Audio Attack Vehicle v.1

Automatic Earworm Assault Rifle 12’’

AEWAR-12.1

Automatic Earworm Assault Rifle 12’’

Earworm Grenade Launcher v.1

EWGL-1

Earworm Grenade Launcher v.1

Semiautomatic Earworm Pistol 12’’

SEWP-12.1

Semiautomatic Earworm Pistol 12’’

For a full breakdown of Earworm Assault Devices please click
here

The EAD were developed under the umbrella of the Earworm Farm Project for the CyNetArt
Dresden
with generous support by the Ministry of Science and Arts, Saxony.

See also: Roman Kirschner’s EarwormCollider for
the creation of earworms.

Related Stuff:

Photos
of the presentation during CyNetArt 05


The_Earworm_Farm_Project.pdf

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