an interactive musical playground
The PlaySoundGround consists of a teeter-totter, a merry-go-round, and a set of swings attached to a climbing structure. The teeter-totter, merry-go-round, and swings are electronic musical instruments. Sensors in them allow people to create digital music by playing on them. The climbing structure contains acoustic instruments patterned after eras of American material culture: wood, metal, plastic.
It is a playground that is also a musical instrument, and a musical instrument that is also a playground. It lets people cooperatively explore a wide space of musical gestures, drawing expansive connections between physical play and musical play. It suggests and creates uncanny links between the senses, calling the distinctions between aural and kinesthetic experience into question.
The PlaySoundGround was designed by Michael St. Clair and Sasha Leitman. The acoustic instruments were developed by the students of Jonathan Berger's Spring 2008 Technology and Art seminar at Stanford University. The project was funded by SICA. Click the links at the side for more information, or contact us at mpsprocket(at)gmail.com.