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John Kannenberg is an artist, researcher, teacher, performer, storyteller, and writer.
He is also Director & Chief Curator of The Museum of Portable Sound.

Museum of Portable Sound Gallery Guide 3rd Edition

Museum of Portable Sound Gallery Guide 3rd Edition

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A year and a half in the making, the latest edition of the Museum of Portable Sound Gallery Guide is now available from Museum of Portable Sound Press.

This lavishly illustrated, 288-page full-colour book features a greatly expanded install of the museum’s Permanent Collection Galleries – now including 317 sound objects (up from 200 in the previous edition), with a total running time of more than eight and a half hours. This massively updated Gallery Guide includes every photograph, object label, and didactic text that would normally appear on the walls of a traditional museum.

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There are also several new galleries covering all-new topics including: Humans, Underwater Life, Machines, Fountains, Elevators and Escalators, Railway Stations, and Walks.

Nearly every previously existing gallery in the museum’s exhibition space has had new objects added as well – and there are over a dozen new Listening Close-Up didactic texts on topics like the wire recorder, the modern microphone, the history of earplugs, the Singing Statue at Thebes, echolocation, Rice Krispies cereal, and more. Also, the Transport gallery has had a complete overhaul, arranging the objects in a clear taxonomy of transportation modes for the first time – a trainspotter’s paradise.

Other new features include:

SOUND: An Extremely Brief Introduction
Glossary of 76 Sound and Culture Terms
• Revised and expanded Reading List
• Curator's Top 40 Objects Playlist
#PortableSoundPoll Archive

This new edition of the MOPS Gallery Guide is part museum guidebook, part textbook, and part memoir: a truly cross-disciplinary introduction to the culture of sound.

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40 Years of Portable Sound at National Science and Media Museum

40 Years of Portable Sound at National Science and Media Museum