Category: In the News

Teaming Up With Sony for the Launch of Their Newest Headphones

We were honored to be invited by Sony to collaborate on the launch of their newest noise-canceling headphones, the MDR 1000X. The video features Artiphon co-founder Jacob Gordon and explores themes around how technology enables music-making and music listening.

We’re particularly intrigued by how these headphones foreshadow the future of augmented listening. The noise canceling technology of the MDR 1000x turns down the world around you, but there are also settings that can selectively let ambient sound in, even filtering for the frequencies of the human voice. To us, this is part of a future that offers more choice in how we hear the world, and how the world hears us.

Special thanks to Confidant and The Bindry for being the creative forces behind this project.

December Community Roundup


This has been such an exciting and eventful time here at Artiphon. There are now thousands of INSTRUMENT 1’s out in the world, and things are really starting to heat up. If you follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, you’ve probably seen some of the great photos, videos, and blog posts people are sharing.

Kickstarter backer Parth Raval is building up entire songs using his INSTRUMENT 1 and Apple’s Logic… 


We saw our first performance where the INSTRUMENT 1 was the part of a string quartet…


Dave shared his rendition of Little Martha (in honor of Duane Allman’s birthday)…


Nate covered a song by the band Marillion…


And of course Will continues to share covers that range from Red Hot Chili Peppers to Star Wars to Stairway.

Also, Gustav in Japan found some smooth flute sounds, Heather discovered some sounds from outer space, Ken has been using custom tunings and tap guitar (and blogging in depth about his observations), and Shawn posted an insightful and excellent INSTRUMENT 1 walkthrough focused on guitar techniques.

It’s also nice and flattering to see the critics taking notice of the INSTRUMENT 1. Jordan from said “it makes him want to get back into music.” PC Mag listed it among its Beautiful But Practical Tech Gifts, and TechCrunch celebrated it as a “jack of all trades.”

We’re so inspired by what’s bubbling up from the user community, and we’d love to see what you’ve been up to with your music-making.