John Sullivan is a music technology researcher at the Input Devices and Music Interaction Laboratory (IDMIL) and course instructor at McGill University. His research involves the design and evaluation of new digital instruments and interfaces for music expression, human computer interaction, haptics, and movement analysis. Artistically, John comes from a background in music performance and multimedia design. His creative works have included several albums of recorded music, international touring with various bands, and exhibitions of audiovisual installations. Currently he is working on his Ph.D. on the topic of musical interface design and conducting research on design methodologies and evaluation of new instruments for popular music performance.
BFA Contemporary Music Performance and Composition – College of Santa Fe (United States), 2003
MFA Intermedia – University of Maine (United States), 2015
- Embedded Systems
- Haptics: Tactile and Force-Feedback
- Hardware Development
- Interface Design
- Interface Evaluation
- Movement Analysis
- Sullivan, J., Vanasse, J., Guastavino, C., Wanderley, M.M. (2020). Reinventing the Noisebox: Designing Embedded Instruments for Active Musicians. In Proc. of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME). Birmingham, UK.
- Calegario, F., Wanderley, M., Tragtenberg, J., Wang, J., Sullivan, J., Meneses, E., Franco, I., Kirkegaard, M., Bredholt, M., Rohs, J. (2020). Probatio 1.0: collaborative development of a toolkit for functional DMI prototypes. In Proc. of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) (pp. 6). Birmingham, UK.
- Sullivan, J., Wanderley, M.M. (2019). Surveying Digital Musical Instrument Use Across Diverse Communities of Practice. In 14th International Symposium on Computer Music Multidisciplinary Research. Marseille, France.
- Giordano, M., Sullivan, J., Wanderley, M.M. (2018). Design of Vibrotactile Feedback and Stimulation for Music Performance. In Musical Haptics. Springer Series on Touch and Haptic Systems (pp. 193 - 214). Papetti, S., Saitis, C. (Eds.). Springer, Cham.Cham, Switzerland.
- Sullivan, J., Tibbitts, A., Gatinet, B., Wanderley, M.M. (2018). Gestural Control of Augmented Instrumental Performance: A Case Study of the Concert Harp. In Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Movement and Computing - MOCO '18. Genoa, Italy.
- Sullivan, J., Wanderley, M.M. (2018). Stability, Reliability, Compatibility: Reviewing 40 Years of DMI Design. In Proceedings of the Sound and Music Computing Conference. Limassol, Cyprus.
- Bhagwati, S., Wanderley, M.M., Sullivan, J. (2016). Musicking the Body Electric: The “Body:Suit:Score” as a polyvalent score interface for situational scores. In Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Technologies for Music Notation and Representation.
- Sullivan, J. (2015). Noisebox: Design and Prototype of a New Digital Musical Instrument. In Proceedings of the International Computer Music Conference (pp. 266-269). Denton, TX, USA.