[NetBehaviour] Tactical Sound Garden [ TSG ] Toolkit.
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Fri Feb 11 12:59:23 CET 2011
Tactical Sound Garden [ TSG ] Toolkit.
Given the ubiquity of mobile devices and wireless networks, and their
proliferation throughout increasingly diverse and sometimes unexpected
urban sites, what opportunities - and dilemmas - emerge for the design
of public space in contemporary cities?
The Tactical Sound Garden [TSG] Toolkit is an open source software
platform for cultivating public "sound gardens" within contemporary
cities. It draws on the culture of urban community gardening to posit a
participatory environment where new spatial practices for social
interaction within technologically mediated environments can be explored
and evaluated. Addressing the impact of mobile audio devices like the
iPod, the project examines gradations of privacy and publicity within
contemporary public space.
The Toolkit enables anyone living within dense 802.11 wireless (WiFi)
"hot zones" to install a "sound garden" for public use. Using a WiFi
enabled mobile device (PDA, laptop, mobile phone), participants "plant"
sounds within a positional audio environment. These plantings are mapped
onto the coordinates of a physical location by a 3D audio engine common
to gaming environments - overlaying a publicly constructed soundscape
onto a specific urban space. Wearing headphones connected to a WiFi
enabled device, participants drift though virtual sound gardens as they
move throughout the city.
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