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 research deals with the nineteenth-century development of scientific representations of sound (sine waves, sound spectra and waveforms) that laid the discursive foundation for the emergence of sound media in the nineteenth and twentieth century.

In 2017, I defended my PhD thesis Noise ResonanceTechnological Sound Reproduction and the Logic of Filtering at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis. Contrary to common understandings of noise as a sign of failure, violence and transgression, I argue that it is a crucial part of the sound of technologically reproduced music and thereby offers ways to rethink the relation between music and listeners in the age of technological media.

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

Talk to me on Twitter


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

photo: Kasper Vogelzang