Christopher Janney is a pioneer in the field of sound art, merging architecture, sound, light and interactive technology. For 30 years, Janney has been blending music and light with the physical space in unexpected ways. His work invites the public to engage and connect.
Janney’s work turns spectators into participants. He transforms parking garages into music boxes, airport walkways into rainbow passages, public plazas into spaces for creative interaction, and dancers’ heartbeats into their own musical accompaniment.
Having studied architecture at Princeton and MIT, Janney is also a trained jazz musician. He has created numerous permanent interactive sound and light installations attempting to make architecture more “spontaneous” and music more “physical.”
Janney’s innovative use of technology, sound and architecture in his projects has won him numerous awards including, the Gyorgy Kepes Prize from MIT, the Thomas Edison award from General Electric, and LDI’s Sound Designer of the Year. Janney’s signature works include his “Urban Musical Instruments” and “Heartbeat,” an interactive sound, movement and technology production, that was initially performed by Mikhail Baryshnikov which toured the world.
Believing that there is more to creating a dynamically-built environment than erecting buildings, Janney has directed his own multi-media studio, PhenomenArts, Inc. since 1980 with studios in both Lexington, Massachusetts, and London, UK. The award-winning book “Architecture of the Air” profiling Janney is available on Amazon and his website.