Wednesday, September 16, 2015

John Kannenberg

I thought I'd take a moment to celebrate the work of my friend John Kannenberg, a prolific sound artist who's been receiving some well-deserved notices lately.

For a more comprehensive overview of Kannenberg's work than I could ever provide, head on over to In the meantime I'll reiterate from his bio that he "creates quietly reflective work in image, sound, writing, and performance that blurs the boundaries between intention and accident. His works investigate the sonic geography of museums and archives, the psychology of collection, the processes of making and observing art, and the human experience of time."

Kannenberg's Stasisfield net label has paid it forward to showcase the work of many other sound artists across the globe, and his own recent release Cordolium packs an elemental, authoritative wallop. I've had the pleasure of collaborating with John on several projects, including his museum performance Collections: UMMA and my Sound Spandrel: Science Museum not long after. His curatorial urge has recently found expression in the nascent Museum of Portable Sound. And his interest in museum sonics continues to grow, as evidenced by works like his sound map of the Egyptian Museum, Cairo:

Kannenberg explains his museum documentation further in a recent lecture at the National Gallery in London on September 4th, 2015, also exploring the notion of phonomnesis (the concept of remembered sound):

If you've read this far, you're probably also aware of a recent much-shared meme that John created. Therein he takes source audio of Carl Sagan saying the word "billion", and stretches it out to one hour:

Find out more about John Kannenberg's work at his blog, appropriately titled Phonomnesis. Enjoy!

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1 comment:

  1. This was a great walk-through of his work. I'd never known. Thanks for sharing, Mike!