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Christopher Janney

Artist, Composer, and Architect

Christopher Janney was trained as an architect (Princeton University, BA Architecture, 1972, magna cum laude/ MIT, M.S. Environmental Art, 1978) and a jazz musician (private studies, 1963-1976, Dalcroze School, 1974-75). 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. 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.

Projects include the interactive sculptural scoreboard for the Miami Arena, in Miami, Florida; Rainbow Cove at Logan Airport, Boston; and A House is a Musical Instrument: Kona, an 8,000 square foot private residence in Kona, Hawaii 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 four US/UK tours of Sonic Forest to major music festivals including “Bonnaroo,” “Coachella,” “Ultra” and “Glastonbury.” Projects currently in design include “Sonic Fireflies” for the new REVEL resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey; “Light Waves: Atlanta” for the Atlanta International Airport; and a special-feature screening of “What Is A Heart?” at Art Basil Miami, a film on Janney’s HeartBeat project with an opening live set by The Persuasions.

Believing also that architecture is about a manifestation of the “public spirit,” he has been a visiting professor at Cooper Union's Irwin Chanin School of Architecture and Pratt Institute where he taught his seminar "Sound As A Visual Medium."


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