Thursday, March 10, 2016
Fun And Pretty Things Update - Message From A Frenemy
There is a new mysterious message on the FAPT chat page. It appears that a colleague of Howard has reached out to Howard using FAPT to pass a secret message.
The initials of the poster, NR, likely match the name of fellow Bold Futura employee Nikolia Roza.
Linked in the message is a strange audio file, which starts out as haunting music, but appears to contain some sort of encoded message.
The file is called my_audio_file.mp3 in the message, but when you download it, it is named T_03072016_6SW.mp3
Andrew posted in the comments that the file is encoded using a HAM radio technique called ssTV (Slow Scan TV). Essentially, it allows you to broadcast images using a radio signal.
Playing the audio file, while running a decoder program (I used MMSTV), the signal generates this hidden image:
Some people have pointed out that this reminds them of the Black Knight satellite.
UPDATE: I just noticed there is something in the metadata comments of the MP3 file:
00000000 00000210 00000978 000000000054C978 00000000 0042BE85 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000
automaton from unfiction says that the hex code is something that is generated by iTunes. :/