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.
Participants:John Sullivan, Marcelo M. Wanderley, and Patrick Cowden
Research Area:Embedded Systems
Publications:. Reinventing the Noisebox: Designing Embedded Instruments for Active Musicians
. Noisebox: Design and Prototype of a New Digital Musical Instrument