[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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