“Beauty begins where science and art collaborate”, Edgard Varèse, 1936


In the context of the lengthy history of Western music, electro-acoustic music is still in its infancy. But the importance and potential of this new music practice is growing rapidly with the advances being made in (computer) technology and electronics. Electro-acoustic music is therefore experimental by nature, and teachers, students and alumni of the Institute of Sonology are at the forefront of its development. As sonologists they make an important contribution to the development of electro-acoustic and computer music, for example by giving prestigious concerts, building equipment and interfaces and developing computer programmes.


Some sonologists concentrate mainly on the practical aspects of electroacoustic music; rather than composing ‘with’ sounds as in instrumental music, they compose the sounds themselves in such a way that they express the form. This can be done on the basis of physical principles of sound, on the basis of perception or on the basis of purely compositional motives. Other sonologists focus mainly on theoretical  research in the field of sonology, resulting in publications or computer programmes.


The Institute of Sonology maintains an extensive network of contacts with institutions such as the Technische Universität Berlin, Groupe de Recherches Musicales in Paris, Studio for Electro Instrumental Music (STEIM), the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen, the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, the musical theatre ensemble Veenfabriek, V2, the Nederlands Filmmuseum, TAG Amsterdam / The Hague, DNK Amsterdam, Lokaal 01 Breda and the Netherlands Music Institute.



Application and enrolment

You can find the entrance requirements here. Information on application and enrolment can be found here.



Coordinator Institute for Sonology

Kees Tazelaar


tel.: +31 (0)70-315 14 66