Celebrate Our Grand Re-Re-Re-Opening & 40 Years of the Sony Walkman at the National Science and Media Museum

40 Years of Portable Sound

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!

EVENT PROGRAMME

18.30–19.10

19.15–20.30

  • 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!

Photos from the V&A Sonic Boom Friday Late, February 2019

OUT NOW: The 4′33″ Museum book & audio box set!

We’re pleased to announce the release of a new printed book and digital audio box set, The 433” 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!

Museum of Portable Sound Press

 

 

In Our Magazine: Ana Paula Santana

In Our Magazine: Ana Paula Santana's Resiliencia

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!

Buy our Gallery Guide Book!

Buy our Gallery Guide!

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!

Buy our Gallery Guide!

Londonist Review!

We're in Londonist!
See us? We’re right there, in the upper-right corner, just two stories above urine deflectors!

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!

Read the Londonist review!

Listening to Culture: Public Talk in Rome, 10 April

John Kannenberg Public Talk in RomeOur 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 rsvpevents@johncabot.edu to reserve your place!