Joe Johnson YG11

  • Current Location: New York
  • Studio: Felt, Not Heard

Joe Johnson is a New York based composer and sound designer. In 2007, he was one of seven musicians accepted into the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance. While there, Joe studied composition and jazz performance for two years with trumpeter and film composer Terence Blanchard (Red Tails, Malcolm X, Inside Man). He has toured with country legend Ray Price, and performed with Herbie Hancock, Willie Nelson, John Williams, Kris Kristofferson, and Tony Bennett. Since 2008, Joe has been creating music and sound design for film, advertising, TV, radio and stage under the moniker FNH (Felt, Not Heard). In 2009, Joe was awarded first prize at the Thelonious Monk International Composer’s Competition for his composition Shepherd Song. He sound designed the 2011 Comedy Central rebrand, which won a 2011 Art Director’s Club Gold Cube and a 2011 One Show Silver Pencil. In 2013 Joe became a member of the Art Director’s Club Young Guns 11.

Portfolio Imagery:

  • Project 1 of 3

    A24 Films

    This is the sonic identity for A24 Films; producers of Spring Breakers and The Bling Ring. The challenge was to find a modern sound that reflected the vintage feel of the logo.


    Client: A24 Films Sound Design: Joe Johnson Logo Design: GrandArmy Studio: GrandArmy

  • Project 2 of 3


    When Lievore Altherr Molina planned to launch Saya, a new chair they designed for Italian furniture maker Arper, the trio requested a piece of music that conveyed the inspiration, simple beauty and delicateness of their vision.


    Client: Arper Music and Sound Design: Joe Johnson Studio: Lievore Altherr Molina

  • Project 3 of 3

    Comedy Central

    Comedy Central’s 2011 rebrand required a sound library that was subversive yet familiar. Sound bites from the network’s extensive archive were transformed into a versatile sound effects library of over 300 assets.

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