Study information

The one-year course in Sonology was introduced in 1967. The course covers a wide range of subjects including digital sound synthesis, analogue studio techniques, live electronic music, algorithmic composition, sound installations, field recording and sound and space. All lessons are taught in English.

The course is intended as an advanced course in electroacoustic music for musicians, composers, artists and engineers. But this one-year course also provides good preparation for the master’s programme in Sonology for students with a bachelor’s degree in a subject other than Sonology. During this course you can make your own choice from the range of subjects offered. Admission to the course is determined on the basis of a portfolio and a letter of motivation. There is no live entrance exam.

Sonology
Sonology is the field of study involving experimentation with electroacoustic music, computer music and sound art. The pioneers of the age of electronic music include figures such as Edgard Varèse Pierre Schaeffer, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Iannis Xenakis: composers with an inquiring mind who dared to move off the beaten track. Instead of composing with sounds, as is generally the case in instrumental music, in sonology the sound itself is composed in such a way that it gives expression to musical form. This can take place on the basis of the physical principles of sound, on the basis of perception or on the basis of purely compositional ideas.

The explosive pace of advances in the field of (computer) technology and electronics is also creating new possibilities for music and composition. Sonologists investigate these possibilities and add new elements to the musical domain. We are not bound by conventions or stylistic dogmas, but stretch the limits of the genre. It is an important role that we play and one that is integral to the world of new music.

The Sonology Department
The Institute of Sonology is a creative department with an extensive network of partners that includes the Groupe de Recherches Musicales (GRM) in Paris, the Netherlands Music Institute (NMI), the Studio for Elektro-Instrumental Music (STEIM) in Amsterdam, Studio LOOS in The Hague, the Technische Universität Berlin and the Game of Life Foundation in The Hague.


Teachers

Specifications

Language

English

Duration

1 year

Certificate

Yes

Tuition fee

Check 'Tuition fees'

Department head

Kees Tazelaar

Related studies

Introduction Royal Conservatoire