I (*Amsterdam, 1984) work on the intersection of musicology, sound studies and media studies. In my research, I am interested in the conceptual relations between music, sound and media from the nineteenth century to the present day.

Currently, I am a Postdoctoral Research fellow at the Faculty of Music and Non-Stipendiary Research Fellow in Music at Corpus Christi College,University of Cambridge. As part of the project Sound and Materialism in the 19th Century, my project ‘Infinite Oscillations. A Sonic History of Fourier Analysis and Sine Wave‘ deals with the development of the physical concepts of Fourier analysis and sine waves and their importance for the study of sound and music in the nineteenth century, as well as their defining role in the development of contemporary sonic and musical cultures.

Prior to this, I completed my PhD thesis Noise ResonanceTechnological Sound Reproduction and the Logic of Filtering at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam in 2017. Based on a media archaeological analysis of the role of noise in analogue and digital sound technologies, it show how the noise and distortion introduced by the operations of technical media has been fundamental for shaping the specific sound of music in the media age.

Besides teaching and publishing on music, sound, noise and popular culture (both academically and for wider audiences), I write, perform and record as a musician and occasionally work as artistic advisor and music dramaturg.

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Melle Kromhout
e: mk928@cam.ac.uk
t. 00-31-6-14414894 (NL)

photo: Kasper Vogelzang