Gordon Monahan

Gordon Monahan

Gordon Monahan (1956, Kingston, Ontario) is a Canadian pianist, visual and sound artist.

Monahan has created works ranging from piano compositions to loudspeaker installations since the late 1970s. He played in rock bands for several years, starting in the late 1960s. From the mid-1970s throughout the 1980s, Monahan studied physics, then piano and composition in Ottawa and New Brunswick, spending two years during this time as the pianist in John Cage's Études australes, and studying with Cage.

Monahan began mounting multimedia installations and constructing sound sculptures in the late 1970s. He often used natural forces in his work; the wind-activated string installation Long Aeolian Piano is an example of these kinetic sculptures. The 1980s also brought compositions for piano, including "Piano Mechanics." From the mid- to late 1990s, Monahan worked on "Multiple Machine Matrix" (MMM), a network of unique instruments made from recycled materials that are controlled via a MIDI computer.

By then, Monahan was based in Berlin, where he collaborated with Laura Kikauka not only on art projects but also on running an underground bar for a few years. Berlin also houses a permanent display by Monahan, his interactive work "Silicon Lagoon" (2000). Monahan has been commissioned by CBC Radio, the DAAD Festival, and more. One work, commissioned by an organization in Miami, was banned from the city's 1988 New Music America festival. "When It Rains" (2000) was commissioned by Canada Musique; "Earworks" (1983) and "Music From Nowhere" (1992) are among his other important works. Monahan plays organ in a pop group called Fuzzy Love, and is the artistic director of irreverent multimedia group KB Zed.
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Gordon Monahan Discography Tracks


GM 001 Gordon Monahan Piano Mechanics / Large Piano Magnified(LP) Gordon Monahan GM 001 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
GM 002 Gordon Monahan Speaker Swinging(LP) Gordon Monahan GM 002 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
GM004 Gordon Monahan This Piano Thing(CD) Swerve Editions GM004 Canada 1992 Sell This Version
C3R 011 Gordon Monahan Theremin In The Rain(CD, Album) C3R Records C3R 011 Canada 2007 Sell This Version
C3R 015 Gordon Monahan Saskatchewan Sound Installations(CD, Enh) C3R Records C3R 015 Canada 2008 Sell This Version


C3R 007 Gordon Monahan Speaker Swinging & Piano Mechanics(CD, Comp, RM) Clu Clux Clam C3R 007 Canada 2005 Sell This Version


none Gordon Monahan Video Compilation 1986-2003(DVD) Monahan none Canada 2003 Sell This Version
Gordon Monahan Video Compilation 1986-2010 Gordon Monahan Canada 2011 Sell This Version
none Gordon Monahan Documentations 1986-91(VHS, NTSC) Monahan none Canada Unknown Sell This Version

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