Milkymist as set top box

Jon Phillips jon at
Sat Oct 15 03:05:26 EDT 2011

This is an amazing idea! Think of all the traffic at a club on the networks
and electromagnetics. Totally great to use this as a feed to drive

Btw, what is the larger term for visualization and auralization?

jon at
On Oct 15, 2011 1:19 PM, "Joshua Judson Rosen" <rozzin at> wrote:

> Wolfgang Spraul <wolfgang at> writes:
> >
> > Joshua,
> > thanks a lot for your links, very enlightening as usual!
> >
> > One thing struck me
> >
> > > the inter-room synchronisation. I don't how (or even if) MM1
> > > fits into this picture, though.
> > ...
> > > I don't see MM1 playing any special role in that either, though.
> >
> > Definitely, M1 won't play any role today. Jon is thinking in many
> > directions to find new friends, a good understanding of M1 today
> > and where it might go tomorrow.
> [...]
> > As a next small baby step for me, I will hook one up to my home
> > router and let it run and think about what it could do for me.
> > Maybe I need to purchase a second unit from and for myself :-)
> So..., I do actually have an idea for how M1 could fit into
> *my audio-distribution system*, even though I don't know
> how it fits into Jon's video-relay system... :)
> I've been sort-of idly toying with the idea of hooking some sort
> of `visualisation station' up to the audio-distribution system.
> Partly just because light-shows are fun at parties, but partly
> because the whole system would just have a better feel to it
> if there were some sort of physical `focal-point' for user
> interaction. And, OK, so everyone's familiar with the idea of
> audio visualisers by now. But...:
> Thinking about my specific use-case--where the audio is being
> multicast all over the network--there are some novel options
> that open up for implementation: the visualiser no longer needs
> to be sitting in the audio-path constrained to a particular machine,
> but can be running on any host on the network--it can just catch
> the multicast packets floating by, just like one of my plug-computer
> units does, but convert them into video rather than sound-waves.
> Generalising that..., M1 could actually use *any* data it sees
> floating through the ether as input--not just RTP (audio or other)
> packets. It could, for example, sniff JPEGs and other images
> out of HTTP streams, like the `wiretap picture-frame' does
> (using Driftnet):
> It's even possible to visualise *metadata*, either culled or calculated
> from a datastream....
> Years ago, when a friend and I first learned about audio-visualisers/
> light-synths (via one called "Cthugha"), we sort-of three-quarters-jokingly
> talked about the prospect of hooking something like that into the MUD
> client that he was developing. Not only could it generate graphics based
> upon the content of the text-stream, but "It could be a *network
> lag-visualiser*!", we said (just to put that remark in context:
> 14k modems were still current technology, and it was not uncommon
> for someone to have his character killed bitten to death by a mosquito
> or something while he was waiting for his "swat mosquito" command
> to reach the server...).
> That `MUD-lag visualiser' reark was a bit tongue-in-cheek, but there
> *have* actually been similar sorts of efforts that actually produced
> useful tools--one example being `The Spinning Cube of Potential Doom'
> (a network-intrusion/firewall monitor that makes, e.g., certain types
> of patterned port-scans much more obvious); cf.:
> ... and another example being LavaPS (a unix process-manager designed
> around `calm computing' principles--basically like `top', except
> completely different...):
> Maybe someone else has some other examples :)
> --
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