Participants – University of Copenhagen

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Anders-Petter Andersson
(Kristianstad and Gothenburg Universities)

Based on 10 years of practical design work in the interactive art group MusicalFieldsForever, musicologist and composer Anders-Petter Andersson investigates the auditive and cultural challenges of composing interactive music. Since 2004 Andersson has taught at the Interactive Sound Design BA Programme at Kristianstad University (Sweden). The last two years he has done research into how to use music to motivate collaborative play in interactive multi-sensoric environments among families with children with severe disabilities.

Anders Bonde,
(Department 11/Communication, Aalborg University) 

Anders Bonde's main research interest is music as signification potential in audio-visual media (e.g., films, documentaries, television commercials, music videos and digital storytellings). His current project concentrates on music as an essential constituent for the increasing aestheticization of television commercials promoting financial services, such as loans, insurances, and pension solutions.

Morten Breinbjerg,
(Institute of Information and Media Studies, University of Aarhus)

Morten Breinbjerg takes a special interest in soundscape studies and in technologically mediated listening. His research focuses on how we as technologically mediated listeners perceive and recognize space through sound. As part of a larger research project called "Digital Urban Living" he currently works on sounding architecture and urban soundscapes, see

Erik Christensen,
(Institute of Communication, Aalborg University)

The aim of Erik Christensen's Ph.D. project is to contribute to the theoretical foundations of music therapy by investigating two different approaches to research in music: The theories and applications of music phenomenology, and the theories and findings of research in the neurosciences and music. Phenomenology and neuroscience have been considered irreconciliable approaches to the understanding of human perception, communication, thinking and feeling, the former based on a first-person insight in consciousness, the latter adhering to the ideal of objective observation and description of brain functions. It is the intention of the project to investigate and discuss both research strategies in order to contribute to an assessment of their relevance for music therapy, and to elucidate theories and research which aim at reconciling the two paradigms.

Flemming Christensen,
(Department 8/Acoustics, Aalborg University)

Inger Damsholt,
(Dance Section, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen)

Among other things, Inger Damsholt research is concerned with ways in which we are able to perceive, think and ultimately talk about the relationship between music and dance - including the notion that music can function as a movement stimulus. Thus her research is related to the themes of the network in a variety of ways including the relationship between listening and the object of listening (eg. reduced listening, conscious listening and everyday listening) and the notion of the voice as a particularly "embodied" instrument.

Nina Gram,
(Aesthetics and Culture Section, Institute of Aesthetic Studies, University of Aarhus)

Nina Gram's Ph.D. project focuses on the connection between sound and urban experience by examining the mobilizing abilities of the mobile sounds. Her interest is both on the sounds as such and their alleged ability to emotionally, spiritually and perhaps even physically move the listener, as well as on possible consequences created by the increasing use of mobile sound media in public space. The project is based on empirical data such as soundscape recordings, personal registrations and interviews with users of mobile sound media.

Sanne Krogh Groth,
(Musicology Section, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen)

Sanne Krogh Groth is working on a Ph.D. thesis about the electronic music studio EMS (Electroacoustic Music in Sweden) from its establishment in 1964 until the mid 1970s. Subjects of interest in this study are: early computer music studios (institutional and compositional processes), experiments with voices (synthetic and analogue), the relationship between art and science, and questions related to historiographical issues. Earlier, Krogh Groth has done work on sound art, the sound of theatre, and performance art.

Nicolai Jørgensgaard Graakjær,
(Department 11/Communication, Aalborg University) 

Nicolai Graakjær's main research interest is music and sound as aesthetic and communicative devices in commercial settings (e.g. music for shopping) and audiovisual commercial messages (e.g. television commercials). 

Iben Have,
(Institute of Information and Media Studies, University of Aarhus)

Iben Have's main research interest is music and sound as aesthetic and communicative devices in public media. For several years she has studied underscore music in relation to TV-documentaries and thereby discussed broader acoustemological questions about how reality, knowledge and emotions are realised, mediated and experienced through sound and music in audio-visual media. Recently, Have has focused on ethical discussions in relation to the use and reception of underscore music in TV documentaries portraying current Danish top politicians.

Jens Hjortkær,  
(Musicology Section, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen) 

Jens Hjortkær's Ph.D. research focuses on the perception of timbre in musical context. It addresses the question of how musical syntax may be understood in relation to timbral sounds in terms of the experience of tension. My methods of analysis are based on technologies within music information retrieval as well as cognitive experimentation. 

Nicoletta Isar,
(Arts Section, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen)

Nicoletta Isar's research in the area of sound is connected to performative studies, and therefore to image, body and space. Her aim is to forge and eventually refine some theoretical tools necessary to address sophisticated contemporary performances, in which sound and image seem to be indestructibly connected to each other and thus challenge sound's apparent invisibility. An intention is to show the capacity of sound to make visible and that of image to make things/space sound - and especially to focus on the tangible sound in its phenomenological instantiation. On this matter I am guided by Gaston Bachelard's "material imagination."

Erik Granly Jensen,
(Institute of Literature, Media and Cultural Studies, University of Southern Danmark)

Linda Maria Koldau,
(Musicology Section, Institute of Aesthetic Studies, University of Aarhus)

Jacob Kreutzfeldt,
(Literature Section, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen)

Jacob Kreutzfeldt is working on a Ph.D. project bearing the title "Acoustic territoriality. Murray Schafer's soundscape theory challenged by Japanese transit areas. Analysis of sound design in contemporary urban space." The purpose of the project is to develop methods for registration, description and analysis of acoustic environments in contemporary urban space in order to activate the acoustics of urban space as an aspect of urban planning and as a contribution to discourses about urbanity and contemporary spaces. Earlier, he has done research on the aesthetics of radio and the radio experiments of the Danish author Per Højholt.

Thomas Bjørnsten Kristensen,  
(Aesthetics and Culture Section, Institute of Aesthetic Studies, University of Aarhus)

Thomas Bjørnsten Kristensen's current research project is concerned with the concepts of silence and noise and their occurrence in various works of art, literature, and music. An overall objective of the project is to establish a trans-medial discourse which enables comparative analysis, independent of traditional typological or nominal distinctions. The project thus examines dissimilar forms of art which can be said to imply and articulate an aesthetics of either silence or noise, with the two concepts often standing opposed to each other, as well as being mutually conditioned and interrelated.

Mads Krogh,
(Musicology Section, Institute of Aesthetic Studies, University of Aarhus)

One aspect of Mads Krogh's research interests is sampling aesthetics, especially with in hip hop culture, and themes concerning sound as a medium for social action, more specifically the relation between sound, materiality, locality, discourse and the concept of auditive culture.

Birger Langkjær,  
(Department of Scandinavian Studies and Linguistics, University of Copenhagen)

Birger Langkjær's research interests concern two areas. First, elaborations on those narrative functions of film music that comprises both local matching of music/sound/visuals and ‘global' evaluations of story content. Second, investigations into both spatial and time-related aspects of film sound design with a special emphasis on motivation and function.

Charlotte Rørdam Larsen,  
(Musicology Section, Institute of Aesthetic Studies, University of Aarhus)

The aim of Charlotte Rørdam Larsen's research project investigates some aspects of the relationship between food and sound in television food programmes as well as in commercials, e.g. BBC Food's programmes in which the boundaries between music, speech and diegetic sound are blurred. Taking inspiration from Vivian Sobchack, this blurring is conceptualized as morph and morphing - i.e., by pointing to fluidity, transformation, and lack of hierarchical ordering. The project is expanded by studying how food and surroundings "morph" in different eateries in different places.

Anja Mølle Lindelof,
(Department of Communication, Business and Information Technologies, RUC)

Ansa Lønstrup,  
(Aesthetics and Culture Section, Institute of Aesthetic Studies, University of Aarhus)

Ansa Lønstrup's research deals with sound and music in different contexts and relations: with texts, pictures/visuals, media and multimedia, drama, film, and as material in contemporary art. In her current research she examines the increasing and new presence of sound in contemporary art and in modern art museums, and she tries to establish a kind of "acoustemology" by studying sound aethetics and sound culture as an ongoing interactive process and as an entity.

Morten Michelsen,
(Musicology Section, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen)

Morten Michelsen investigates representations of three-dimensional spaces in recorded music. Taking of from the concept of the sound stage he intends to contribute to a terminology for the analysis of recorded music using the recordings of Michael Jackson, Bruce Swedien, Quincy Jones, and others as basic material.

Steen K. Nielsen,  
(Musicology Section, Institute of Aesthetic Studies, University of Aarhus)

The aim of this acoustemological research project is to address the question of how the advent and early development of phonography affected the sound of music as a cultural and aesthetic construct in Western musical cultures. The overall thesis is that the combined commercial exploitation and aesthetic exploration of this technology became a key platform for (inadvertently?) pursuing the idealistic notion of music as autonomous, abstract, 'pure' sound. Through processes of de- and re-contextualization the both commercially and work-conceptually alluring phonogram became a hugely influential sound (and work) construct that has changed our perception of music as sound in fundamental ways. To render the concept of music audible as a distinct cultural sound construct and to explore more specific themes and debates, I'll delve into our rich heritage of recorded music discussing phonograms that challenge current dominant musico-sonic conventions.

Birgitte Stougaard Pedersen,
(Aesthetics and Culture Section, Institute of Aesthetic Studies, University of Aarhus)

One of Birgitte Stougaard Pedersen's interests concerns sound in the light of its aesthetic and epistemological potentials. The main interest in sound has a basic and theoretical character, but the investigations will be done in interaction with empirical studies.

Torben Sangild,
(Literature Section, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen)

Torben Sangild's current research is an attempt to create and unfold a model for meaning in and analysis of electronic music. This involves several interrelated levels of meaning: Formal, indexical, perceptual, gestural and discursive. Some of the key concepts are materiality, movement and atmosphere. There is also some focus on the sampled voice. Sangild is also involved in several related projects about auditory culture, sound art and sound design.

Ulrik Schmidt,  
(Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies, University of Copenhagen)

Ulrik Schmidt is working on a Ph.D. thesis entitled "Ambient Aesthetics: The Aesthetization of the Surroundings in the Arts and Everyday Life". A central concern is the auditory staging of the surroundings in sound art, popular music, and the soundscapes of everyday life. Other research interests are minimalist aesthetics in music and art; the aesthetic aspects of musical technology and music production; musical instrumentality and objectivity; repetition.

Erik Steinskog,
(Musicology Section, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen)

Rune Søchting,

Rune Søchting is coordinator for the Nordic Sound Art study programme, a joint master's levels programme for students at Nordic Art academies (

Mads Walther-Hansen,  
(Musicology Section, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen)

Mads Klitgaard Hansen is working on a Ph.D. thesis which focuses on the vocal staging in modern popular music recordings. The aim is to set forth a phenomenological approach to musical recordings that explores how the perception of the musical performer can be described in relation to the spatial properties of the sound stage shaped by recording and postproduction techniques.

Tania Ørum,
(Literature Section, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen)

Tania Ørum's auditive research is centred on the sound of literature and on radio. The sound of literature includes poetry reading/listening to poetry as compared to silent reading as well as the auditory dimension of literature in general - ranging from the sound, rhythm and speech patterns of poetry and prose to experiments with sound poetry and the use of technological media (tape recorder, sampling, vocoder) in the production and reception of literature. The research on radio concerns Danish experimental radio of the 1960s.