TGarden: Wearable Instruments and Augmented Physicality

Ryan, Joel and Salter, Christopher L.

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

This report details work on the interdisciplinary mediaproject TGarden. The authors discuss the challengesencountered while developing a responsive musicalenvironment for the general public involving wearable,sensor-integrated clothing as the central interface and input device. The project’s dramaturgical andtechnical/implementation background are detailed toprovide a framework for the creation of a responsive hardwareand software system that reinforces a tangible relationshipbetween the participant’s improvised movement and musicalresponse. Finally, the authors take into consideration testingscenarios gathered from public prototypes in two Europeanlocales in 2001 to evaluate user experience of the system.