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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