London — United Kingdom
John Wynne is an award-winning sound artist whose practice includes installations and ‘composed documentaries’ for radio which hover on the boundary between documentation and abstraction. His massive installation for 300 speakers, player piano and vacuum cleaner became the first piece of sound art in the Saatchi collection in 2009 and won him the 2010 British Composer Award for Sonic Art. His work with endangered languages includes a project with click languages in the Kalahari and another with one of Canada’s indigenous languages, Gitxsanimaax. His work with heart and lung transplant patients in collaboration with photographer Tim Wainwright led to a book, a 24-channel installation and a half-hour commission for BBC Radio. His first venture into theatre sound design was for Scottish director Graham McClaren’s edgy 2011 production of Andromache in Toronto. John is a Research Fellow at the University of the Arts London and has a PhD from Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Description of work with field recording
Field recordings, both of people and environments, are at the core of much of my work.