felix hardmood beck + simon schiessl + andrea bassi: soxels
felix hardmood beck + simon schiessl + andrea bassi: soxels felix hardmood beck + simon schiessl + andrea bassi: soxels
jun 23, 2010

felix hardmood beck + simon schiessl + andrea bassi: soxels

rendering by andrea bassi

‘soxels’ is an accoustic media facade developed by that transforms visuals into auditory images. the key components are the sound pixels, or soxels, a scaleable array of speakers, and a feed-in point for streaming an endless number of audio-channels to provide each speaker with an individual sound. DSP technology opens the spectrum from processing natural sounds, transforming them, or generating artificial sounds. the developed software is able to mix all integrated sound layers on any speaker anywhere on the wall.

rendering by andrea bassi

the ‘soxels’ project was developed and prototyped with a matrix of approximately 1000 speakers by simon schießl and felix hardmood beck. it was presented with the italian soundartist andrea bassi during the DMY international design festival berlin 2010.

visualized demonstration of ‘soxels’

‘soxels’ speaker system prototype image © designboom

‘soxels’ speaker system prototype

back view of speakers image © designboom

‘soxels’ hardware connected to speakers image © designboom

the ‘soxels’ hardware works seamlessly together with software like MaxMSP, processing,VVVV and many more.

‘maxMSP’ interface

‘processing scripts’ image © designboom

floating colored box layers programmed using processing scripts dictate the sounds produced by speakers image © designboom

production process

wood panel with drilled holes for speaker installation

panel base for speakers

soxels hardware

speaker assembly

speaker installation

soxel hardware connected to speakers

speaker panels

two of the three creators of ‘soxels’: andrea bassi and felix hardmood beck portrait © designboom


  • Super Cool! Great concept!

    Moti Barzilay says:
  • would be great to experience a 3-d sphere version

    kutsal kaan bilgin says:

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

design news

keep up with our daily and weekly stories
490,452 subscribers
- see sample
- see sample