London's No. 1 Portable Museum! Bringing the culture of sound to the world. One listener at a time.
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The Museum of Portable Sound brings the culture of sound to the world, one listener at a time! We regularly schedule visits in London and Portsmouth, UK, and whenever we travel elsewhere. To book your own visit, simply fill out our Contact Form.
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Appearing at V&A Friday Late: Sonic Boom, 22 February
Our Director and Chief Curator will be appearing twice at the upcoming Sonic Boom Friday late at the V&A museum in London on 22 February!
First, Director Kannenberg will be participating in a panel discussion, ‘How Do You Listen In Museums?’ alongside V&A visiting researcher Eric de Visscher and V&A Senior Curator for Contemporary Design Corinna Gardner.
Following the talk, the Museum of Portable Sound will be available to be visited in one of the V&A’s galleries for the remainder of the evening. We will provide headphones for up to five people to listen to the museum simultaneously!
We are thrilled to announce that this autumn, thanks to the cooperation of Ozma Records, we will present SOUNDS OF EARTH: THE RECORD THAT WENT TO SPACE. This special exhibition will consist of the twelve minute long montage of field recordings that was intended to represent what Earth sounds like in the event that extra terrestrials might someday find either of the Voyager space probes.
Launched in 1977 by NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration, to this day these craft, now outside out solar system, each carry with them a Golden Record – an LP containing this montage as well as greetings in dozens of languages and music from around the Earth.
Compiled by the likes of Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan, and Jimmy Iovine, this montage of sounds is a fascinating document of what sounds a select group of humans thought best represented our planet.
This autumn, you’ll be able to hear this dazzling historic recording when you visit the Museum of Portable Sound. Stay tuned for information on the official exhibition opening date and other events by following us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and by signing up for our mailing list.
We’re pleased to announce the release of a new printed book and digital audio box set, The 4′33” Museum! This deluxe printed book and digital audio set includes nearly 4 hours of sounds from 50 different museums around the world, and the book contains full-colour photographs, notes, and an essay on collecting. Our Director and Chief Curator John Kannenberg has been collecting these recordings for more than a decade, and we’re proud to be able to bring this stunning collection to you as part of our new publishing branch, Museum of Portable Sound Press.
We’ve launched a new online magazine over at Medium.com! And our first article is by our own Curatorial Assistant, Cristina Sousa Martínez. In ‘And So Their Scars Turned to Gold’, Cristina interviews Mexican artist Ana Paula Santana about her current sound installation project entitled ‘Resiliencia’, a collaborative activist work that’s bringing to light the stories of rape survivors in Mexico.
If you are interested in contributing writing to our magazine, please get in touch – we have a wide remit, looking for stories about the culture of sound, in all of the many forms it takes.
Our Director and Chief Curator John Kannenberg is featured on the latest interview of the London-based art podcast Artists and Friends, who recorded the episode with hosts Sid and Jim in the café at the V&A Museum in South Kensington last week.
Our Gallery Guide is now available for purchase! This is the complete printed edition of the official Gallery Guide for The Museum of Portable Sound! This is a high-quality, collectible facsimile edition of the very same Gallery Guide the Museum’s visitors use every day. Lavishly illustrated, featuring a record of every object label, every didactic text, every guided tour, a complete walk-through of our Physical Object Collection, and two bonus essays: “A Brief History of Field Recording” and “Echoes of an Exhibition.” Also features writing contributions by Cristina Sousa, Khaled Kaddal, and Mike Hallenbeck. Check out the preview on the book’s Blurb page, then get your own copy!
We’re absolutely thrilled to report we’ve been reviewed by Londonist, the arts & entertainment website! The review does a great job of introducing our museum to a wider public, and summarises our somewhat arcane and complicated visiting policies in a clear, thoughtful manner. If you’re looking for a place to start learning about what we do here at The Museum of Portable Sound, you’ve found it!
Listening to Culture: Public Talk in Rome, 10 April
Our Director and Chief Curator John Kannenberg will be giving a public talk and hosting a listening workshop at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy on 10 April. The talk will cover his work as an artist interested in the sound of museum environments as well as his work establishing The Museum of Portable Sound.
The talk is free and open to the public. RSVP is required: email email@example.com to reserve your place!