Über S.O.U.P

S.O.U.P bezweckt die optische und akustische Darstellung der allgegenwärtigen kabellosen (Computer-)netzwerke, welche uns in urbanen Gebieten ständig umgeben. Versinnbildlicht enstspricht unsere Anwendung einer grossen Kelle, die zufällig Daten aus der brodelnden Atmosphäre herausschöpft, welche dann zu Video- und Klangbilder transformiert werden.

PacketPunk meets the USRP


A bit more than a year ago Lorenz developed PacketPunk after the interest on working on packet sonification. There where already 2 other preceding projects I have been working on that could be used for mapping packets in sound. From zero, maping in more than a 2Dimensional style has been one of our [S.O.U.P] main motivation interest, During the next weeks I will attempt to set up a sound spatialization example that will integrate few FLOSS applications: Scapy, [promiscous~], packetpunk, with Traceroutes, pings and on the side of real-time sources I will use a radio scanner, a SDR (USRP), a VLF receiver and some electrosmog detectors. relevant links follow:


Summer is here and there are 3 venues where this projects can meet and further develop with the possibility (depending mainly on sound tech conditions) that an audible sound layer will happen:

Berlin Breakthrough saturday 27th June 2009:

Vitry (Paris) Hacker Space Festival:

and, Zurich's Roten Fabrik, where we will meet with !mediengruppe bitnik for a long day workshop:

BereBere (k2o) Intoxicated


This project is a collaboration that began with colleagues in Colombia. It is strongly based in the use of S.O.U.P software (k2o aka kismet to OSC -OpenSoundControl-). There are plenty of data logs recorded in Medellin that can be replayed using k2oplay to represent the wireless and geopositional data as music or 3dimensional spaces. Please follow the link: http://www.berebere.randomlab.net/berebere/Datos

sister project

Yet another project: http://wificamera.propositions.org.uk/ that flows in similar lines to what motivated a project like k2o and to what can be done with it. It's even funny that this week at the ars electronica - electrolobby: http://electrolobby.org/ I will be working with an arduino and some servos to remote control (network based) an iSight camera (webcam). Hope to post some video or images soon.

gps 2 OSC in sonar (electronic music festival - barcelona)


So i had the chance to use some of the soup developments again! This time in conjunction with the arduino board, some 4 servos, an old typewriter and the awkward idea of re-creating a tracklog that comes from digital realms straight to the inprint of ink and paper..the old analogic way..using a typewriter.. huh?? might be nostalgia but consider it an attempt on "dadataism", to cure my "archival fever" (see Derrida's book).

OSC message reference

kismet sends lots of data gathered from the scanning process to its clients. k2o receives all the data and transforms similiar items into single osc messages (like position signal strength and so on). below are examples of messages received by k2orec with kismet-2005-08-R1:

wrt54g(s) power supply over firewire

in the course of development on the soup project, i definitely had to look for a solution to get data from kismet on my powerbook in a more or less portable way (portable in the sense of carrying things around). because my 12" model does not have a pcmcia card slot and there is no driver which supports monitor mode for the integrated airport extreme card i had to head for another device which provided me with the necessary data. one option was to go for an intel compatible laptop with pcmcia slot and get an orinoco card. because i did not want to buy another machine and - more important - cannot afford it, i've gone another way.

from wonderland

Down, down, down. Would the fall never come to an end? "I wonder how many miles I've fallen by this time?" she said aloud. "I must be getting somewhere near the centre of the earth. Let me see: that would be four thousand miles down, I think-" (for, you see, Alice had learnt several things of this sort in her lessons in the school-room, and though this was not a very good opportunity for showing off her knowledge, as there was no one to listen to her, still it was good practice to say it over) "-- yes that's about the right distance -- but then I wonder what Latitude or Longitude I've got to?"