ZNC browser v. 2.0 (Windows)
17 febr 2003 11:49:17
html to ascii to sound and color browser

  screenshot pc version znc v. 2.0 browser (note: this version restricted to 4 modules)

What does ZNC v. 2.0 do?
ZNC is a browser that translates html (the code of internet pages) into ascii numeric code, this then is used to pitch sounds and create colors.


Every character (letter or sign) of a html page (as for example "a" or "@") can be translated in an ascii number ("a" is number 97 and "@" is 64). In total there are 256 (0-255) ascii numbers. These numbers are: 1. linked to a tone or a sample, depending on the choice of the user. This tone will variate in pitch depending on the the ascii number. 2. linked to windows standard 8-bits color palette (which contains 256 (0-255) colors) so every character wil result in a specific color for each ascii number. So the ascii number 98 (the character "b") will produce the color deep purple. For more indepth information about the tone- color & ascii number link see info on znc 1.01 info page: http://znc.ctrlaltdel.org/znc_1.01_info.htm

To work with ZNC v. 2.0 you need a pc with Windows (win98/winME/win2000/winXP) a soundcard and an internet connection. The faster your connection the better. On opening the browser a module will pop- up and download the html code of the url http://znc.ctrlaltdel.org/go.html. When the download is ready the characters of the html pages will be shown one by one in the module. The downloaded html code will be automatically looped. Which means that after the last character is played it will jump to the first character. The user can control the speed of the looped html page, thus controlling the speed of the sound and color variation. testing the browser showed that especially pages that use ascii art give often nice sound compositions.

Note: for maximum soundresult use headphones or quality speakers.

Screenshot module

special made html pages for ZNC browser (add your own)

ZNC v. 2.0 was launched at sonic light 2003, 13- 23 febr Amsterdam
It was amongst others presented at >version 3 (Chicago, USA), Transcodex, Boston Cyberarts festival (Boston, USA), PEAM 03 (Pescara, Italy), Lost and Found (Amsterdam)

Online Reviews
Readme 2.03 by Matthew Fuller
mediumturm.at by Gunther Reisinger

More indepth information
The order of color in the windows standard 8-bits color palette.


Links for further information:

download windows ZNC v. 2.0
http://znc.ctrlaltdel.org/znc_2.0XP.zip windows XP size: 2.82 mb
http://znc.ctrlaltdel.org/znc_2.0.zip windows 2000 size: 2.86 mb
http://znc.ctrlaltdel.org/znc_2.0.zip windows ME size: 2.86 mb
http://znc.ctrlaltdel.org/znc_2.0.zip windows 98 size: 2.86 mb