We have been trying to separate ideas in class lately, like sound source v. the sound itself. I have been trying to decide what a “noise machine” really is and I think I have narrowed the definition a little bit. I have decided that I really don’t want my noise machine to be something that might be better categorized as a “found sound” project. I would rather synthesize sounds and modify sounds that already exist. The idea I have been thinking through lately is making a small box – approximately a cubic foot. The box would have an microphone and a speaker, both facing INSIDE the box. They would be adequately protected so that objects could be placed inside the box and moved around (tilting, shaking, etc. the box). The microphone would be connected to a program that would record the sounds created and then play them back with delay/effects/etc. The speaker/audio output would be in the box so that it would be picked up by the microphone again, creating a compounding noise that builds upon itself. The box could also be open and used to capture sounds from sources that do not fit in the box. I have little experience in programming, so I am not sure what program would be best for this. I have a USB microphone that I could plug directly into my computer…could I use this and Max MSP to create different effects that could be controlled by the user? Or is there a program that would be simpler/more effective/more user friendly? Also is this project too similar to anything that already exists that I am unaware of?