“Beauty begins where science and art collaborate.”
Edgard Varèse, 1936
The Institute of Sonology has been in existence since 1960, and has been a part of the Royal Conservatoire since 1986. The institute has six studios, a lecture hall, a workplace and an archive room. The traditional areas in which Sonology concentrates are still strongly represented, and these include the production of electronic music, algorithmic composition, live electronic music and research into sound characteristics and musical structures. Increasing attention is now also being paid to other arts disciplines in which (electronic) sound can play a role, such as fine art, experimental film and architecture.
During concerts which are given both inside and outside the conservatoire, work by students, teachers and guest composers is presented. Electronic music used to be played on tape over two or four loudspeakers during this kind of concert, but these days electronic music is also increasingly peformed ‘live’, and the loudspeaker configurations for the reproduction of electronic music have become very complex. Sonology participates fully in these developments, and in some cases takes a pioneering role. The spacious halls of the conservatoire (Kees van Baarenzaal and Arnold Schoenbergzaal) are superbly suited for the conducting of experiments in this field.
Conducting research forms an important part of the Sonology Master, and to a lesser degree also in the Bachelor. On the website www.sonology.org can be found descriptions of current research projects, and final exam papers can be downloaded.
The Institute of Sonology maintains contacts with the Technical University Berlin, Groupe de Recherches Musicales Parijs (an official partnership established in September 2009), STEIM, Hochschule für Künste Bremen, Folkwang Hochschule Essen, Technische Universiteit Delft, Scheltema Complex Leiden, Theatergroep Veenfabriek, Muziek Centrum Nederland / NEAR (Netherlands Electro-Acoustic Repertoire), Nederlands Filmmuseum, TAG Amsterdam / Den Haag, NIMk, Studio LOOS, Kunstuniversität Graz, Lokaal 01 Breda and the Nederlands Muziek Instituut.
Application and entrance
Coordinator Institute for Sonology
tel.: +31 (0)70-315 14 66
Juliana van Stolberglaan 1
2595 CA The Hague
T: +31 70 315 15 15