Christopher Janney

2013 Spring Sound Series

Christopher Janney, Harmonic Convergence, 2011. Photo: PhenomenArts.

Creating a sense of spontaneity in the urban landscape

About the Residency

Artist Christopher Janney came to MIT as part of the 2013 Spring Sound Series, a semester-long collection of concerts, lectures, workshops, and demonstrations that featured twenty leading sound artists across genres each presenting their view of new music at the cutting edge.

Co-presented by Music and Theater Arts and the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology.


Past Event

Artist Lecture and Demonstration
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 / 12:00pm
MIT Killian Hall
77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA
Free and open to the public


Christopher Janney (SM’78) began “painting with sound” in 1976, combining architecture and jazz at MIT’s Environmental Art program under artist Otto Piene. Janney’s thesis “Soundstair” initiated the “Urban Musical Instruments” series whose large-scale installations — often using interactive electronics, colored glass, and sound — are now found in subways, airports, and other spaces around the United States and Europe. These “performance sculptures” give physical form to sound and movement while simultaneously making architecture more responsive and “alive.”

For more than thirty years, Christopher Janney has created numerous permanent interactive sound/light installations and performances, including Harmonic Convergence at the Miami Airport, REACH:NY at the 34th St. subway stop in New York, HeartBeat:mb with Sara Rudner and Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Soundstair, which was most recently installed at the Boston Children’s Hospital. He is the founder of the multi-media studio PhenomenArts, Inc. 

Learn more about Christopher Janney.

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