Janet Cardiff joins Society of Sound


The eminent sound artist Janet Cardiff is the latest Fellow to join Society of Sound. She works mainly in collaboration with her partner George Bures Miller, and – according to Wikipedia – “first gained international notoriety…in 1995.”

Her latest installation, The Murder of Crows, uses one hundred B&W speakers and is at the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum for Gegenwart (Contemporary Art), Berlin from 14th March – 17th May 2009.

She has given us an exclusive interview with fascinating insights into her synaesthesia, how she recorded the individual parts for 40 Part Motet,  and why she likes Nick Cave.

We are particularly proud of our Fellows area, apart from Janet this year we have welcomed such musical luminaries as Alfred Brendel and Springsteen guitarist Steve Van Zandt. The one connection between all of them is their passion for amazing sound.

We choose our Fellows because they inspire us. If there’s anyone you would like to see here who you think has made an outstanding contribution to sound, please let us know.


  • Sandy says:

    There are some really interesting people here and I’ve made some good discoveries – Todd Machover for one. If I were to choose anyone who’d had a huge influence over the way I listened to music it would have to be Andre Previn.

  • EmmaJane says:

    There are some really fascinating commentaries from inspirational people here which I’ve very much enjoyed. I’d like to see someone like Sister Bliss or Rollo Armstrong getting involved – or on the other side of the coin Itzhak Perlman or Yo Yo Ma

  • Karen says:

    I’d have to say that Nitin Sawhney is an inspirational figure to me. There isn’t anything that he can’t do – producer, songwriter, DJ, orchestral composer, multi-instrumentalist. His contribution to music and sound crosses over so many genres not just musically but culturally as well. A fascinating man.

  • DR J says:

    My favorites…. David Gilmoure….Don Henley..Steely Dan

  • Andrew Tait says:

    I would like to nominate DJ Giles Peterson. In terms of broadening musical horizons, this man is one of the most important and influential DJ’s of our time and I think deserves to be welcomed into the society.

  • Scott Mc says:

    How about Taj Mahal? Sustained excellence for over thirty years. Both writing and covering music.

    Or, as a coach once said, ‘He can take his team and beat yours. Then he can take your team and beat his.’

  • Rw says:

    ………Mark Knopfler!

  • Dirk says:

    Don’t forget Francis Vincent Zappa!

  • Jake says:

    I would like to say that the person who has opened my ears the most has to by my friend of 21 years Dr John Dibb. He should automatically be a fellow as he has made huge improvements to the way we experience sound with B&W. Laurence Dickie too who developed the Nautilus system should be a fellow although he has competing systems. That doesn’t matter at jot and this blog needs to be non partisan. With out these two plus the rest of the chaps at B&W research over the last three decades dynamic speakers would never have developed in the way that they have.
    I was personally very lucky to listen in on many of the developments and the early Nautilus prototypes too.

  • Markus says:

    Lou Reed. Groundbreaking music, with a spectacular sound on albums like New York and Magic and Loss.

  • Rob says:

    Alfred Brendel’s iconic status has made his retirement and comments all the more poignant. Others I would be interested in hearing from would include conductors such as Thielemann or Gergiev, or directors like Peter Phillips.

  • Gtrjon says:

    Nominations: Park Peters/Audio Park, Todd Mohr/BHT&M’s,
    Cameron Burris/Writer,Guitarist,
    Kirk Burris/ Band~Prowler, Audio engineer, producer writer, Tommy Emmanuel,
    JohnnyA. and of course Zappa and Knopfler.

  • jeff Lynch says:

    kip hanrahan.

    next question?

  • Adam Rayner says:

    I’d agree with Frank being a must, posthumously, but my enduring heroes are Ray Dolby and Tomlinson Holman, who would be about reproduction rather than production but are responsible, like Bowers & Wilkins for bringing people closer to the emotions by better sonic performance of the systems.

  • Jo says:

    Damon Albarn all the way!!

  • Rubin says:

    Hi there, a great site, interesting,and I would like to nominate two great musicans from my lovely country – Republic of Macedonia, Vlatko Stefanovski and Kiril Dzajkovski

  • Rubin says:

    Mike oldfield – my favorite guitar player and more……….

  • YTT says:

    Many-sided musician Brian Eno: The father of ambient music and producer.

  • Proud Mary Entertainment says:

    New here. Thanks

    Mary Aloe
    Proud Mary Entertainment

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