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this page provides course material (in english and german) for undergraduate (bachelor) students in sound engineering and music production.

these courses are made available for educational and non-commercial purposes under the terms of the creative commons license “attribution-noncommercial-sharealike 4.0 international (cc by-nc-sa 4.0)”.

pdf versions (without animations and sound examples) are available here.

comments and suggestions are of course welcome, don’t hesitate to contact me.

course series “fundamentals of acoustics for sound engineers and music producers”

course 01 – psychoacoustics 1 – introduction, the ear

german version: “psychoakustik 1 – einleitung, das ohr”

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course 02 – fundamentals of acoustics 1 – the sound wave

german version: “grundlagen der akustik 1 – die schallwelle”

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course 02bis – db or not db

german version: “db or not db”

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course 03 – psychoacoustics 2 – perception of loudness

german version: “psychoakustik 2 – lautstärkewahrnehmung”

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course 04 – the overtone spectrum

german version: “das obertonspektrum”

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course 05 – psychoacoustics 3 – perception of pitch and intervals

german version: “psychoakustik 3 – wahrnehmung der tonhöhe und der intervalle”

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course 06 – fundamentals of acoustics 2 – phase, sound sources

german version: “grundlagen der akustik 2 – phase, schallquellen”

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course 07 – fundamentals of acoustics 3 – interactions

german version: “grundlagen der akustik 3 – interaktionen”

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course 08 – psychoacoustics 4 – spatial hearing

german version: “psychoakustik 4 – räumliches hören”

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course 09 – room acoustics

german version: “raumakustik”

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course 10 – anatomy of a sound – hearing timbre

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course 11 – fundamentals of musical instrument acoustics

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some literature references

in english

  • ballou, g., handbook for sound engineers, focal press (2008)
  • everest, f. a., pohlmann, k. c.: master handbook of acoustics, mcgraw-hill (2009)
  • meyer, j, acoustics and the performance of music, springer-verlag new york (2009)
  • blauert, j., spatial hearing, revised edition, the mit press (1996)
  • rumsey, f., spatial audio, focal press (2001)
  • shea, m., alton everest, f., how to build a small budget recording studio from scratch, mc graw hill (2012)
  • kuttruff, h., room acoustics, 5th edition, spon press (2009)
  • beranek, l., concert halls and opera houses, springer-verlag new york (2004)

extra references in german

  • görne, thomas (2011): tontechnik, carl hanser verlag & co. kg
  • meyer, jürgen (1999): akustik und musikalische aufführungspraxis, edition bochinsky
  • webers, johannes (2003): handbuch der tonstudiotechnik, franzis verlag

teaching experience

  • 2014-2019: lecturer in digital audio technology for the tonmeister program at the erich-thienhaus-institut, hochschule für musik detmold (germany)
  • 2011-2019: professor in theory and practice of sound engineering at the hochschule der populären künste FH, berlin
  • 2008-2013: lecturer for professional training courses at ircam on the following topics:
    • spatialization
    • max/msp (initial and advanced level)
    • digital signal processing
  • teacher for several workshops about the “moulin à ouïr” and music improvisation (see information about the “moulin à ouïr”)
  • 2006-2008: lecturer in sound engineering and computer music in ircam’s cursus
  • 2005-2008: lecturer in electronic music production in philippe leroux’ composition classes in blanc-mesnil and nanterre music schools