The Tactical Sound Garden [TSG] is a mobile media platform for cultivating virtual public “sound gardens” within contemporary cities. It draws on the culture of urban community gardening to posit a participatory environment for new spatial practices and social interactions.
Using a location-aware mobile phone, participants “plant” sounds (or “prune” those planted by others) 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 the phone, participants drift though virtual sound gardens as they move throughout the city.