The Noisboxes



John Sullivan


The Noiseboxes are a group of standalone embedded musical instruments. They are the products of an ongoing research/creation project that examines how novel musical instruments can be designed to foster long-term engagement and sustained use in music performance. Three generations of Noiseboxes have been created so far. The first generation was a proof of concept that came out of practice based research in the design of embedded DMIs. A second generation followed, with several instruments produced using the Prynth framework for self-contained DMIs for a user study. For the third and current generation, three distinct versions have been developed with key design specifications coming out of a set of co-design workshops held with expert musicians.

Future work for the instruments is planned, including a longitudinal study where the finished instruments will be given back to workshop participants to to follow how they are taken up into their own performance practices.


John Sullivan, Marcelo M. Wanderley, and Patrick Cowden

Research Area:

Embedded Systems




. Reinventing the Noisebox: Designing Embedded Instruments for Active Musicians
. Noisebox: Design and Prototype of a New Digital Musical Instrument