SENSE/STAGE – LOW COST, OPEN SOURCE WIRELESS SENSOR INFRASTRUCTURE FOR LIVE PERFORMANCE AND INTERACTIVE, REAL-TIME ENVIRONMENTS

Presented at International Computer Music Conference 2010 (ICMC 2010)

Abstract

SenseStage is a research-creation project to develop a wireless sensor network infrastructure for live performance and interactive, real-time environments. The project is motivated by the economic and technical constraints of live performance contexts and the lack of existing tools for artistic work with wireless sensing platforms. The development is situated within professional artistic contexts and tested in real world scenarios. In this paper we discuss our choice of wireless platform, the design of the hardware and firmware, battery options, and an evaluation of the data transmission quality within the wireless network. Additionally, software integration of the wireless platform with popular media programming environments is addressed, as well as evaluation and dissemination of the technology through workshops. Finally, we elaborate on the application of the hardware and software infrastructure in professional artistic projects: two
dance performances, two media projects involving environmental data and an interactive, multi-sensory installation.

Authors

  • Marije A.J. Baalman [Design and Computation Arts, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada]
  • Vincent de Belleval [Design and Computation Arts, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada]
  • Christopher L. Salter [Design and Computation Arts, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada]
  • Joseph Malloch [Input Devices and Music Interaction Lab (IDMIL), McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada]
  • Joseph Thibodeau [Input Devices and Music Interaction Lab (IDMIL), McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada]
  • Marcelo M. Wanderley [Input Devices and Music Interaction Lab (IDMIL), McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada]

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