John Burnett (b. 1993) is a multimedia artist based in San Diego, California. Drawing from a background in music composition, sound design, and technology, he creates technologically-augmented and reactive multimedia installation works, sound and projection design for dance and theater productions, concert works, and film scores.
Most recently, John collaborated with the art collective AUDINT to create a sound installation based on the sonic attacks at the American embassy in Cuba. This work was premiered at the Gallery@Calit2 in San Diego, California for two months. John also created the sound and projection design for Before the horses crash into the ground, and then the ground…, a hybrid dance and music performance by Veronica Santiago Moniello that was premiered at the Potiker Theater at the La Jolla Playhouse. Additionally, John worked with a team of playwrights to create And then you wait…, a sound installation shown at the gallery Bread and Salt as part of the 2017 WOW Festival, a theater festival put on by the La Jolla Playhouse. John has recently ventured into film scoring with the film NON, a feature-length film directed and produced by Zebulon Zang that was premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival in 2018.
John is a member of the Sonic Arts research team, based in the Qualcomm Institute at UC San Diego, where he researches audio spatialization and audio-visual technology. John is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory and is currently a PhD candidate in music at UC San Diego.