Michael Wolf, Christoph Grönegress, Yinlin Li






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Soundgarten is a tangible interface that enables children to create their own sound environment by manipulating physical toy objects. They can use predefined sound samples, record sound samples of their environment, modify and arrange the different elements in sound scenarios, choose volume pitch and apply sound effects.

Soundgarten consists of mushroom-formed items that represent sound samples. There are small flower- and leave-shaped attributes, which can be plugged onto the »mushroom« to modify the sound. A radio-wave microphone embedded in a shuffle-shaped device can record sound samples when a special recording mushroom is plugged into it. Last but not least, the »flower-patch«, i.e. the central part of Soundgarten, allows the sounds to be activated and arranged.
The target audience is 3 to 8 year-olds, the recommended age for beginning a child’s musical education.

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Germany, 2002

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The project Soundgarten is the diploma thesis of Michael Wolf and was developed in co-operation with Christoph Grönegreß and Yinlin Li (MARS-Lab) in 2001 and 2002 at Koeln International School of Design (KISD). The responsible Professors were Gui Bonsiepe and Günter Horntrich. Especially in terms of technical development MARS – Exploratory Media Lab at the Fraunhofer Institute for Media Communication took an important role in the design process.


» http://www.soundgarten.com/


, Jul 14, 2004



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