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In April 2021 Michiel Huijsman (Soundtrackcity) and I published a report containing several recommendations on how to improve the sonic design of a rather busy roundabout in the city center of Rotterdam (The Netherlands). Idea behind the report is that Rotterdam wants to go greener, more sustainable, attract more biodiversity, etc. The report is based on sound walks with many residents and policy makers, a workshop sound, surveys (filled in by over 800 persons), field recordings, and the input of sound artists; it contains text (of course) but also several audio files and a solid introduction about the role of sound in public urban spaces. Caveat: the report is in Dutch but we’re working on an English translation. The report can be accessed here.


Delivered by DHL on November 25, 2020 at 10:27 – the Bloomsbury Handbook of Sonic Methodologies. 52 contributions and over 850 pages on methods how to study sound as well as how through sound and listening (new) knowledge can be gained. With contributions from anthropologists, philosophers, biologists, (sound) artists, scholars from the medical world, from urban planning, from psychology, etc. etc. All this introduced and edited by my dear friend Michael Bull and myself.

Very happy with my new set of hydrophones – thank you, Jez R. French! Although the Danube was really quiet, I’ve made some nice recordings!

While sipping a “domestic” coffee in my favorite cafe on the Danube in Belgrade I read this beautiful essay by Brandon LaBelle, “Sonic Site-Specifities,” from the huge book Sound Art, edited by Peter Weibel. Brandon’s text deals with the political, social, and ethical benefits of sound art; IMO, it is a must-read for anyone interested in this art form. Simultaneously, I was listening to this beautiful underwater recording by Sharon Stewart, which connects so very well to Brandon’s message.

Wonderful Colloquium in Paris on September 26 with a keynote by Richard Sennett

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This text is a slightly reworked version of a keynote speech I gave in Aveiro (Portugal) during the PERFORMA 2015 Conference on Musical Performance, organized by the University of Aveiro, the Institute of Ethnomusicology (INET-MD), and the Brazilian Association of Musical Performance (ABRAPEM).

On November 29 and 30 the International Conference The Role and Position of Sound and Sounding Art in Public Urban Environments will take place at Leiden University, The Netherlands. Guest speakers (among many others): Salome Voegelin, Michael Bull, Gascia Ouzounian, Jean-Paul Thibaud, Edwin van der Heide, and Raviv Ganchrow.

Here’s the full program:



09:30 – 10:00: Registration

10:00 – 10:20: Falk Hübner/Maarten Zaagman: “I Will Carry You Over Hard Times”

10:20 – 10:30: Welcome (Marcel Cobussen)


Theme 1: Sound and Urban (Atmo)Spheres (Chair: Vincent Meelberg)

10:30 – 10:50: Miguelangel Clerc: “NS Den Haag-Groningen”

10:50 – 11:10: Jean-Paul Thibaud: “Atmospheric Impregnation”


11:10 – 11:30: Coffee Break + Cathy van Eck: “Für Kopfhörende”


11:30 – 11:50: Rene van Egmond: “Soundscapes in Human Product Interactions”

11:50 – 12:15: Gabriel Paiuk: “Technological conditions and engagement”

12:15 – 12:45: Discussion


Theme 2: Sound Art in Public Spaces (Chair: Jan Nieuwenhuis)

14:30 – 14:50: Salomé Voegelin: “Sound Art as Public Art”

14:50 – 15:10: Raviv Ganchrow: “Latent Aurality of Anechoic Chambers”

15:10 – 15:30: Irene van Kamp: “Understanding perceived soundscapes”

15:30 – 16:00: Discussion


Theme 3: Contemporary Urban Acoustic Experiences (Chair: Sharon Stewart)

16:30 – 16:50: Falk Hübner/Juan Parra: “Jukebox”

16:50 – 17:10: Gascia Ouzounian: “Acoustic Urbanism”

17:10 – 17:30: Tjeerd Andringa: “Experiencing Sound Annoyance”

17:30 – 18:00: Discussion




09:30 – 10:00: Registration

10:00 – 10:20: Justin Bennett: “Hyper-Forum: listening to the social”

10:20 – 10:25: Marcel Cobussen


Theme 4: Towards an Auditory Epistemology (Chair: Marcel Cobussen)

10:25 – 10:45: Edwin van der Heide: “Son-O-House, Spectral Diffractions, and Schwingungen – Schwebungen”

10:45 – 11:05: Michael Bull: “Sirens: From Sonic Myth to Sonic Materiality?”


11:05 – 11:35: Coffee Break + Cathy van Eck: “Für Kopfhörende”


11:35 – 11:55: Paul Craenen: “On sound art and listening time”

11:55 – 12:15: Christopher Williams: “Opening Ears and Selling MorrowSound”

12:15 – 12:25: Michiel Huijsman: “Is place confinement a form of deafness?”

12:25 – 13:00: Discussion


13:00 – 13:25: Cilia Erens: “Moving the Masses” (Soundwalk)

sounding art companion

I just received an email from Routledge that that The Routledge Companion to Sounding Art has now officially published! The book presents an overview of the issues, methods, and approaches crucial for the study of sound in artistic practice. Thirty-six essays cover a variety of interdisciplinary approaches to studying sounding art from the fields of musicology, cultural studies, sound design, auditory culture, art history, and philosophy. The companion website hosts sound examples and links to further resources.

The collection is organized around six main themes:

  • Sounding Art: The notion of sounding art, its relation to sound studies, and its evolution and possibilities.
  • Acoustic Knowledge and Communication: How we approach, study, and analyze sound and the challenges of writing about sound.
  • Listening and Memory: Listening from different perspectives, from the psychology of listening to embodied and technologically mediated listening.
  • Acoustic Spaces, Identities and Communities: How humans arrange their sonic environments, how this relates to sonic identity, how music contributes to our environment, and the ethical and political implications of sound.
  • Sonic Histories: How studying sounding art can contribute methodologically and epistemologically to historiography.
  • Sound Technologies and Media: The impact of sonic technologies on contemporary culture, electroacoustic innovation, and how the way we make and access music has changed.

With contributions from leading scholars and cutting-edge researchers, The Routledge Companion to Sounding Art is an essential resource for anyone studying the intersection of sound and art.


The Dark Precursor

Orpheus Institute, Ghent, Belgium, 9 – 11 November 2015

Submissions are now open to DARE 2015, the first international conference explicitly addressing possibilities, uses and appropriations of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari’s philosophies in the field of Artistic Research.

The conference is hosted by the Orpheus Institute, the European leading center for artistic research in music, and the MusicExperiment21 research program, funded by the European Research Council.

Confirmed presentations are by Éric Alliez, Ian Buchanan, Marcel Cobussen, Erin Manning, Taina Riikonen, Anne Sauvagnargues, Peter Stamer and Mick Wilson.

Submissions are welcome from all scholars of Deleuze and/or Guattari with a specific interest in artistic research, as well as from all artist and artist researchers specifically interested in Deleuze and Guattari’s philosophy. This year’s theme is Deleuze’s concept of dark precursor and suggested areas of presentations include, but are not limited to:

  • Film, music, painting, writing, etc. (Practices of creating and researching)
  • Abstract machine, assemblage, diagram, dark precursor, etc. (Ontology)
  • Dramatization, experimentation, rhizomatics, schizoanalysis, etc. (Epistemology and Methodology)
  • Imaginary, figure, rhythm, sensation, etc. (Aesthetics)
  • Code, form, sign, utterance, etc. (Logic)
  • Becoming-x, habit, life, nomadism, etc. (Ethics and Politics)

Artists, artist researchers, and scholars are encouraged to experiment with all modes presentation (performative, participatory, collaborative, interactive, etc.) and within or across all art forms (performing, visual, aural, tactile, new media, design, literary, etc.). Please submit your outline of presentation in English or French using the DARE 2015 abstract submission system:

The closing date for submission is Monday, 1 June 2015.

Conference website:

Conference coordinator: Paolo Giudici

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In October 2014 I gave a lecture at the University of Sao Paolo (Brazil) about research in and through the arts, with an emphasis on its methodological aspects. Here you can find an integral registration of this talk.