One of the navigation tools the traveler uses is the
high-tech/ lo-tech, double-sided map. The sides are
nicknamed Eep and Moo. According to the
traveler's journal Eep was named after the Wild
Eep, one of the original alert sounds of the Macintosh
operating system. The narrative passage used in the
song describes the operation of Eep. The music
highlights the poetry of the technical jargon. The mood
is of serious intent undermined by the quirkiness of
the instrumental tracks.
The instrumental tracks are constructed almost entirely
from two other Macintosh alert sounds: Purr and
Voltage. Desktop alert sounds are peculiar and
condensed musical compositions. Once they are sampled,
stretched, transposed or otherwise manipulated, they
reveal a host of unexpected overtones and sub-bases.
They resist becoming musical instruments, and the extensive
application of limiters and condensers is required to
pound them into shape.
"The 1st ring displayed a 100 ft radius of geographical
information with 99.8% accuracy. That area was drawn
a green wireframe (hexadecimal value: #66CC00). The
2nd ring provided 68% accuracy for a three mile radius
of data, drawn in red (hexadecimal value: #FF0000).
The 3rd ring drew 30 miles radius of information with
16.7% accuracy. This rough data was drawn in burgundy
(hexadecimal value: #990000). The background of the
interface was a dark gray (probably a #333333)."