John Sullivan

John Sullivan

Ph.D. researcher

McGill University


John Sullivan is a musician, music technology researcher and Ph.D. candidate at McGill University whose work focuses on the design of new instruments and technologies for music and multimedia performance. His current research includes projects in motion capture and movement analysis of live performance, development and testing of of haptic interfaces, and user-driven methodologies for the design and evaluation of digital musical instruments.

Under the name Johnny Venom, he has been a part of several indie rock groups from the northeastern US. He released several albums with various projects and has toured extensively in the US, Canada, and Europe.


  • Music Technology
  • Design
  • Cycling
  • Coffee


  • Ph.D. in Music Technology, current

    McGill University

  • MFA in Intermedia, 2015

    University of Maine

  • BFA in Contemporary Music Performance, 2003

    College of Santa Fe


Human-Computer Interaction

interface design and evaluation

User-Centered Design

human-centered and participatory design

Digital Lutherie

digital musical instrument design

Rapid Prototyping

computer-aided design, 3D printing, laser cutting

Creative Coding

audio and interactive media programming

Motion Capture

movement and performance gesture analysis



Researcher and Lecturer

McGill University

Sep 2015 – Present Montréal, Canada
  • Scientific research on music interaction, digital interface design and HCI
  • Lecturer for course on music and interactive media programming

Research and Teaching Assistant

University of Maine

Sep 2012 – Aug 2015 Maine, United States
  • Practice-based research on interactive media design
  • Rapid prototyping, hardware and electronics design
  • Audio and multimedia programming
  • Teaching support for courses on new media production and design


Johnny Venom Media

Jan 2011 – Present Montréal, Canada
  • Creative design and content creation for businesses and artistic projects
  • Web design
  • Audio production and editing
  • Video and multimedia production
  • Audiovisual installation design

Performing and recording artist

Jan 2000 – Dec 2015 Maine, New York
  • Professional bassist and multi-instrumentalist
  • Released several albums in various styles: indie, alternative rock, reggae, experimental
  • Toured in United States, Canada, and Europe
  • Session musician
  • Private instruction for bass and guitar


  • 550 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Suite 500, Montréal, QC H3A 1E3
  • @jonnyvenom