You see a rack of PBR sitting next to the wall – are you the kind of person who takes it, or do you leave it be because it isn’t yours, even though free beer is happening.
If you’re the latter and you happen to reach for this stereo disguised as a case of beer, a rudimentary mouse trap trigger will spring, applying power to the stereo. Andrew WK’s It’s Time to Party blasts from the repurposed speakers housed in a scrounged and rough wooden chassis.
Everything to make this stereo was found and is very much an improvised party device. The specific trigger mechanism was shown to me at an IED training lane with the 286th Signal Company, 11th ADA Brigade in the hot as fuck middle of no-where between White Sands and McGregor Range. The training lanes were setup to help us identify common simple detonation mechanisms, not to circumvent them or play sapper or EOD.
The improvised nature of the device and the surprise that is felt by the unsuspecting participant clearly correlate to the experience of shock and surprise of an everyday item potentially causing harm to a soldier on the battlefield. The intention is to cause the participant to question everything they touch for a short period of time after, mimicking the anxiety and alertness felt by soldiers in convoy and on dismounted patrols.
It is a dead simple way to share a part of battlefield life with people who will thankfully never experience an improvised device that will do them harm.