Sound studies

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Sound Studies refers to the interdisciplinary research field of cultural-scientific sound research.


In Sound Studies, sound is examined using the methods of Science and Technology Studies (STS), ethnography , popular music studies and cultural history (especially historical anthropology ). Her objects come from everyday culture and pop culture , the history of science and technology, as well as the history of sound art .

The Master's degree in Sound Studies has existed at the Universität der Künste Berlin since 2006, offering four semesters training in working with sound and dealing with modern auditory culture. Teaching takes place there in the seven sub-areas of theory and history of auditory culture, hearing skills, experimental sound design, auditory media design, auditory design, auditory architecture and auditory culture: research. In the 2017/18 winter semester, the course was fundamentally reformed and renamed Sound Studies and Sonic Arts (Master of Arts) .

A DFG research project called Sound Studies Lab is researching the methodological foundations of this interdisciplinary research field in research projects, publications and symposia at the Humboldt University in Berlin .


  • Holger Schulze (2008, Ed.): Sound Studies: Traditions - Methods - Desiderata. An introduction. Bielefeld: transcript
  • Trevor Pinch / Karin Bijsterveld (2011, Eds.): The Oxford Handbook of Sound Studies. New York: Oxford University Press
  • Sound Studies Positions - Texts on Current Music, Vol. 24 (2011), H. 86.
  • Jonathan Sterne (2012, Ed.): The Sound Studies Reader. London: Routledge.
  • Situation und Klang Zeitschrift für Semiotik, Vol. 34 (2012), H. 1–2.
  • Jens Gerrit Papenburg / Holger Schulze (2016, Eds.): Sound as Popular Culture. A Research Companion. Cambridge / Mass. The MIT Press.

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Individual evidence

  1. Sound Studies and Sonic Arts (Master of Arts) at the UdK Berlin