On 1 July 2019, the Sony Walkman will turn 40 years old. We’re teaming up with the National Science and Media Museum to celebrate this milestone.
The Sony Walkman was a breakthrough in portable technology that changed the way the world listens. It allowed individuals to create their own sound environment, opening up a new, cinematic, and personal way of experiencing the world.
As part of this event, we’ll mark the anniversary by launching the newest redesign of our own permanent collection galleries—all of which exist on a single mobile phone! This groundbreaking personal museum listening experience builds on the history that the Walkman started.
Come listen to selections from the 300+ sound objects we’ll now permanently have on display, and learn more about our mission to bring the culture of sound to the world… one listener at a time!
- John Kannenberg, Director of the Museum of Portable Sound, will talk about the history of the Sony Walkman and how it has influenced our lives, as well as the development of his own museum
- Experience a sample of the vast array of sounds curated by the Museum of Portable Sound
- Q&A on sound in museums with John Kannenberg, Annie Jamieson (Curator of Sound Technologies at National Science and Media Museum) and James Mansell (University of Nottingham, author of The Age of Noise in Britain)
Many thanks to Annie Jamieson and the National Science and Media Museum for hosting this event!
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!
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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.
Watch the trailer for our latest temporary exhibition – and our first ever video exhibition – a survey of portable sound technology on display in late 20th century cinema! Find out more about the exhibition and book your own visit!
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.
Buy The 4’33” Museum at johnkannenberg.com!
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.
Read the article!
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.
• Stream the episode on Soundcloud
• Download it & subscribe on iTunes
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!
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