ELECTRIC IKEBANA
is an audio visual collaboration project by writer/artist Douglas Coupland and musician Paul Humphreys from
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark with the global telecommunications
company Alcatel-Lucent.

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The concept was to compose a musical track that interacts with telecommunications data of internet traffic and online activity, expressed in a visual manifestation.

Raw numerical data is visually translated into particles and their shape, colour, and quantity are determined by internet traffic volume and type.

It‘s the audio that initiates the coming together of the particles as they’re being driven by the music to build a digital form.

Each viewing is unique. This is due to the experience pulling in user‘s location and time of day while they control the point-of-view, fluidly moving around the environment.

The result is a creation that gives a voice and form to the online network, inspiring new possibilities of digital expression and electronic imaginings.

Data was captured by the Alcatel-Lucent 9900 Wireless Network Guardian from a 24-hour period, tracking network usage and behavior on Earth Day (April 22, 2012), grouped into 13 general categories:

  • Advertising
  • Video
  • Social Networking
  • News & Information
  • Music
  • Messaging & Chat
  • Email
  • Searching
  • Blogging
  • Photos
  • Weather
  • Cloud
  • Shopping