Gordon Monahan

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Gordon Monahan
Born1956 (age 62–63)
OccupationArtist, musician
Known forSound art, sound sculpture
Notable work
Speaker Swinging

Gordon Monahan (born 1956 in Kingston, Ontario) is a Canadian pianist and composer of experimental music. He has been active since at least 1978. Along with his own work, he has performed works by other composers such as John Cage, James Tenney, Udo Kasemets and Roberto Paci Dalò. Recently, he has also created site-specific sound installations. In 1992-93 he was artist-in-residence with the DAAD in Berlin where he lived until 2006.[1]


Monahan won first prize at the 1984 CBC National Radio Competition for Young Composers. He is one of six Laureates to receive Governor General’s Awards for Visual and Media Arts in 2013.[2]

  • 2016: Sound Artist of the City of Bonn, Germany.

Notable works[edit]

  • Speaker Swinging (1982)[3][4]
  • Piano Mechanics (1982)
  • Long Aeolian Piano (1984/88)[5]
  • Music From Nowhere (1989)[6]
  • Aquaeolian Whirlpool (1990)
  • Spontaneously Harmonious in Certain Kinds of Weather (1996)
  • Multiple Machine Matrix (1994-8)[7]
  • Theremin in the Rain (2003)
  • Theremin Pendulum (2008)
  • Resonant Platinum Records (2011/12, Soundinstallation at Singuhr Hörgalerie, Berlin).


Linda Jansma and Carsten Seiffarth (Eds.): Gordon Monahan: Seeing Sound, Sound Art, Performance and Music, 1978-2011, 159 pages plus DVD. Toronto : Doris McCarthy Gallery [et al.], 2011 (Exhibition Catalogue), ISBN 978-1926589091


  1. ^ See literature Linda Jansma and Carsten Seiffarth (eds.): Gordon Monahan, 2011 and Biography on singuhr.de (Berlin), retrieved September 8, 2012
  2. ^ Biography on personal homepage
  3. ^ Professor Simon Emmerson (28 January 2013). Music, Electronic Media and Culture. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. pp. 163–. ISBN 978-1-4094-9368-6.
  4. ^ Nick Collins; Julio d'Escrivan (13 December 2007). The Cambridge Companion to Electronic Music. Cambridge University Press. pp. 50–. ISBN 978-1-107-49532-6.
  5. ^ Sound Art and Spatial Practices: Situating Sound Installation Art Since 1958. ProQuest. 2008. pp. 312–. ISBN 978-0-549-40235-0.
  6. ^ Dunn, Scott. "Art for the ear and mind". Owen Sound Times. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  7. ^ Ars Electronica; Gerfried Stocker (17 December 2013). Ars Electronica 98. Springer-Verlag. pp. 261–. ISBN 978-3-662-38430-5.

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