SONOS: Sounds of New York

Design, Physical Computing, Build

Kinetic-Powered Sensors

Stockholm based Perfect Fools approached the VVOX shop to build the SONOS Sounds of New York City, a motion-censored map capturing the city soundscape. Exhibited in New York’s NeueHouse for Sonos Studios the art installation included kinetic-powered sensors, and 180 custom-build Arduino controlled motors where visitors are invited to audibly explore the city’s geography, culture and architecture.

Physical Computing and Embedded LEDs

VVOX executed the physical computing driving all of the 24 Arduino micro-controllers connected to the 180 custom-built stepper motors as well as the 180, 12-pixel LED rings; and the architectural design & build of the wall module for 300 Sonos Play:1 speakers. The build and fabrication was done all in house at our sister Company, VVOX Fabricationin Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Interactive Lighting

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.


Agency: Perfect Fools, Imprint Studios Thanks to ZYIA*Z for her maestro soldering and wiring patience!