SONOS: Sounds of New York

Client: SONOS

Agency: Perfect Fools, Imprint Studios

Project: Motion Censored, Audiovisual Sculpture

Location: NeueHouse, New York, US

Scope:  Design Build/Fabrication, Motion Censors, Physical Computing

Fabricating a Motion-Censored Audio-Visual Sculpture

VVOXSTUDIO designed and built a motion-censored map capturing New York City's soundscape, called SONOS Sounds of New York City. The artistic installation was exhibited in  NeueHouse for Sonos Studios, where visitors were invited to audibly explore the city’s geography, culture and architecture.

Professional Physical Computing, Architectural Design And Build

VVOXSTUDIO built a system of the 24 Arduino micro-controllers connected to the 180 custom-built stepper motors, as well as the 180, 12-pixel LED rings. We also completed the architectural design and build of the wall module for 300 Sonos Play:1 speakers. The build and fabrication was done all in house.

Interactive Lighting

To create fun interactive lights, Sonos Play: 1 speakers were gutted and embedded with internal LEDs to create the pulsating, color-changing effect. Each speaker was fastened to a VVOX custom-built step motor frame that drove the speaker toward or away from the user via Kinect sensors. Over a mile of wiring was needed to pull the whole thing off in a short couple of weeks.


Learn more about these interactive morphing speakers featured on WIRED: Interactive Sonos Music Map.