John Connell is a Berlin-based composer and media theorist with a deep interest in the way technology and media can alter perception, affecting the formation of our personal and social constructs both positively and adversely. His central focus is listening as a practice in itself: how our ability to listen opens up new levels of awareness about space, both the external and the internal, and the implications raised for art forms and social interactions.
He has performed at experimental electronic music showcases such as TodaysArt, Berlin Atonal, the Spatial Sound Institute in Budapest and the Düsseldorf Kunstakademie, with essays, talks and workshops examining spatial sound and social theory at Goldsmiths University of London, TEDxDanubia, CTM Berlin, State Festival and others.
As creative director of 4DSOUND, he curated several multi-disciplinary artist residencies exploring the relationship between sound, space and perception. These included Circadian, investigating how spatial listening influences conscious states throughout the day and night, and Techno Is Space, working with techno artists to spatially deconstruct the psycho-acoustic character of experimental club music. He is a board member of the Spatial Sound Institute.