Christopher Janney was trained as an architect (Princeton University , B.A. Architecture, 1972, magna cum laude/ MIT -M.S. Environmental Art, 1978) and a jazz musician (private studies, 1963-1976, Dalcroze School, 1974-75). He has created numerous permanent interactive sound/light installations, attempting, on the one hand, to make architecture more "spontaneous" (Harmonic Runway, Miami Airport; REACH:NY, 34th St. subway, New York) and, on the other hand, to make music more physical (HeartBeat:mb with S. Rudner, M. Baryshnikov). Projects include the interactive sculptural scoreboard for the Miami Arena, in Miami, FL; Rainbow Cove at Logan Airport, Boston, MA, A House is a Musical Instrument: Kona, an 8000 square foot private residence in Kona, HI based on Hawaiian cosmological principles, Harmonic Convergence, an interactive sound/ light environment in the Miami International Airport; Harmonic Fugue for Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas; and five US/UK tours of Sonic Forest to major music festivals including “Bonnaroo,” “Coachella,” “Wireless,” “Electric Daisy Carnival” and “Glastonbury.” Projects recently completed or in development include “Sonic Fireflies” for the REVEL resort in Atlantic City, NJ; “Light Waves: Atlanta” for the Atlanta International Airport, “Light Shadow” for the MLK School, Cambridge, MA and “Sonic Gates:OKC” for the Oklahoma City Airport. Often stating that “architecture is about a manifestation of the public spirit”, he has been a Visiting Professor and lecturer at numerous colleges and universities including The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Cooper Union's Irwin Chanin School of Architecture and Pratt Institute where he taught his seminar "Sound As A Visual Medium." Believing that there is more to creating a dynamically-built environment than erecting buildings, he has directed his own multi-media studio, PhenomenArts, Inc. since 1980 with studios in Lexington, MA and London, UK. A book on Christopher Janney, titled “Architecture of the Air”, was published by Sideshow Media is available through Amazon.com and janneysound.com.
Artist: Christopher Janney