I (Amsterdam, 1984) am a PhD-fellow at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam. My project, entitled ‘Noise Identities,’ focuses on a revaluation of the position of noise in recorded music and the development of a concept of ‘noise identities’ as a key for assessing the relation of recording media to the production of musical significance. I have published on lo-fi recordingnoise in the music of Throbbing Gristle, noise reduction technologies and the work of media scholar Friedrich Kittler. My PhD proposal, including a short abstract, can be read here.

Since 2012, I’m member of the music theatre committee of the Performing Arts Fund NL. Occasionally, I offer advise, conduct research, provide dramaturgy, serve as moderator and write program-texts for theatre, dance and music productions (some examples here).

Up to 2014, I’ve been closely involved – as member of the editorial board and head of the board – with hard//hoofdan online magazine for art and journalism which I co-founded in 2008. Last but not least, from 2004 to 2015, I have been a member of the band Fata ‘el Moustache’ Morgana, as well as various other bands and musical projects.

My ‘Noise Identities’ research-Tumblr

My profile on the UvA-website
My professional CV and working experience on LinkedIn
My profile on Academia.edu

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Melle Kromhout
e: m.j.kromhout@uva.nl
t. 00-31-6-14414894

photo: Kasper Vogelzang