New Musical Interfaces in Context : Sonic Interaction Design in the Urban Setting

Franinovic, Karmen and Visell, Yon

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

The distinctive features of interactive sound installations inpublic space are considered, with special attention to therich, if undoubtedly difficult, environments in which theyexist. It is argued that such environments, and the socialcontexts that they imply, are among the most valuable features of these works for the approach that we have adoptedto creation as research practice. The discussion is articulated through case studies drawn from two of our installations, Recycled Soundscapes (2004) and Skyhooks (2006).Implications for the broader design of new musical instruments are presented.