Dithyrambalina: The Music Box and Beyond from TungstenMonkey on Vimeo.

“High concept and nontraditional as it may be, The Music Box has found a place in the long history of New Orleans music.” – Ann Powers, NPR

Dithyrambalina will be a sonic playground, performance venue and laboratory for musical architecture in New Orleans.

From fall 2011 through spring 2012 The Music Box, A Shantytown Sound Laboratory presented groundbreaking musical performances and cacophonous public hours in a miniature village of musical architecture on a residential lot in New Orleans. Constructed from the salvaged remains of an ancient cottage, invented instruments were embedded into the walls, ceilings, floors and staircases of musical structures created by 25 collaborating artists, inventors and tinkers.  Performed on by over 70 world-class musicians for orchestral concerts and attended by over 15,000 visitors & 500+students, The Music Box captured the hearts of the New Orleans community.

The Music Box has closed, but 2014 will see the creation of five new musical houses that will be the inaugural structures of Dithyrambalina. We will use these new houses to form a roving village that will visit neighborhoods around New Orleans, and the country, sharing the wonder and possibility of musical architecture with new audiences as we continue to grow our village and work towards securing a perfect and permanent site for Dithyrambalina in New Orleans.