The Logic of Filtering. How Noise Shapes the Sound of Recorded Music (New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming)

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

“‘Antennas Have Long Since Invaded Our Brains.’ Listening to the ‘Other Music’ in Friedrich Kittler.” In: Maas, Sander van (ed.). Thresholds of Listening. Sound, Technics, Space. New York: Fordham University Press, (2015): 89-104

The Exceptional Purity of Sound. Noise Reduction Technology and the Inevitable Noise of Sound Recording.” Journal of Sonic Studies, Volume 7 (June 2014)

As Distant and Close as Can Be. Lo-fi recording: site-specificity and (in)authenticity.” Soundscapes, Journal on Media Culture, Volume 15 (October 2012)

“‘Over the Ruined Factory There’s a Funny Noise.’ Throbbing Gristle and the Mediatized Roots of Noise in/as Music. Popular Music and Society, Vol. 34, No. 1, February 2011, pp. 23–34


Noise Resonance. Technological Sound Recording and the Logic of Filtering. (Dissertation, University of Amsterdam, 2017)

Reviews / Interviews

“Wolfgang Ernst. Sonic Time Machines: Explicit Sound, Sirenic Voices, and Implicit Sonicity. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2016″ (book review), Journal of Sonic Studies, 2017

More Things In Theory Than Heaven And Earth Are Dreaming Of. A conversation with Geoffrey Winthrop-Young by Melle Kromhout and Peter McMurray – Interview with media scholar and translator Geoffrey Winthrop-Young, December 2014

Sound Studies: A Discipline? Sound Signatures Winter School, Amsterdam, January 2014 – Review of the Sound Signatures Winter School, Amsterdam, January 2014 for the “Sounding Out!” sound studies blog.

Lectures / Presentations


12 March 2019: Electronic Imperfection. Karel Goeyvaerts’ Sine Wave Music and the Ideal of Perfect Sound – Imperfections Conference @ University of Amsterdam

6 May 2019: Sounds, Waves, Signals. On the Intertwining of Music and Media (1843 – 2019) – Musique et Science Sociales Seminar @ l’École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris

24-26 May 2019: “The Sonic Politics of Arca.” At: Regenerative Feedback, Worm, Rotterdam

In Search of Sonic Purity. How Acoustics and Technology Changed Music – Stephen Hales Talk @ Corpus Christi College, 20 November 2018, Cambridge

Ohm’s Unmusical Ear. On the Sine Wave as a Mode of Sonic Representation – Paper presented at: The Audible Spectrum: Sound Studies, hearing culture and sound arts, Cité de la musique/Philharmonie de Paris, 7-9 June 7-9 2018, Paris

Resisting Pure Sound. Debunking the Myth of Perfect Fidelity, or Why Humans Will Never Be in Charge – Paper presented at Regenerative Feedback, ISSUE Project Room, 25-27 May 2018, New York, USA

‘Nature Has Completely Denied Me a Musical Ear.’ Are Musical Notes Sine Waves, and Why (Not)? – Paper presented at Material Cultures of Music Notation, 20-22 April 2018, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands

The Primary Logic of Filtering. Ideal and Physical Filters and the Technical Production of Sound – Lecture at Cultural Techniques of Radiophonics Workshop19-20 October 2017, Universität Basel, Basel, Switserland

Tones That Have Lasted for Eternities (revised version). The Ideal Sine Wave between Symbol and Signal – Paper presented at The Royal Musical Association’s 53rd Annual Conference7-9 September 2017, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK

I Hear a New World. Friedrich Kittler’s Concept of Music in the Age of Technical Media – Paper presented at Excavating Media. Devices, Processes, Apparatuses30 June/1 July 2017, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

Tones That Have Lasted for Eternities. The Ideal Sine Wave between Symbol and Signal – Paper presented at After Idealism: Sound as Matter and Medium in the 19th Century17-18 March 2017, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

The Sound of the ‘Other Music.’ Music In The Age Of Technological Filters – Paper presented at the Princeton-Weimar Summer School for Media Studies. Princeton University, 19-26 June 2016, USA

The Ever-Present Noise of Sound. On the Inevitability and Necessity of Noise in Recorded Sound and Music.” – Lecture at the Musicology Colloquium, 21 May 2015, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

“In the Fourier domain, we are Immortal.” Noise, time and the limits of sound reproduction – Paper presented at the Sound Signatures Summer School: Part II: Epistemologies and the Order of Sound, 18-22 August 2014, NYU Center/MPIWG Berlin, Germany

“All Things Must Pass.” Some Thoughts on Algorithms, Noise and Temporality – Presentation at ‘Algorithm and the Humanities,’ University of Amsterdam, 11 June 2014

“A Soft Landing into a Bed of Noise.” Dithering: Hiding Noise with Noise in Digital Sound – Paper presented at Bone Flute to Auto-Tune: A Conference on Music & Technology in History, Theory and Practice, 24-26 April 2014University of California, Berkeley, USA

“How Much Noise is Necessary?” Dithering and the Necessity of Noise in Digital Sound – Paper presented at the ASCA Workshop 2014: Brains, Maps and Rhythms: Knowledge and Experience in (Bio)political Orders, 16-18 April 2014, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Dithering. a Different Perspective on Noise in Sound Recording – Paper presented at the Sound Signatures Winter School: Part I: Spaces, Objects and Embodied Practices, 13-17 January 2014, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

“The Exceptional Purity of Sound.” Noise Reduction and the (Dys)functionality of Noise in Recorded Music – Paper presented at Functional Sounds: the 1st International Conference of the European Sound Studies Association, 4-6 October 2013, Humboldt Universität, Berlin, Germany

On Friedrich Kittler’s “Signal-Rausch-Abstand” – Presentation at ‘Discourse Network: 2000 – Reading (Around) Friedrich Kittler,’ University of Amsterdam, 11 December 2012

Noise, Sound, Media. Revaluing Noise in the Media-age – Paper presented at the Supersonix Conference, 21-23 June 2012, Society for Literature, Science and the Arts Europe, London, UK

As Distant and Close as Can Be. Lo-fi recording: Site-Specificity and (In)authenticity – Paper presented at The Fifth Annual Art of Record Production Conference, 13-15 November 2009, University of Glamorgan, Cardiff, UK


“The Mechanics of Destruction.” An Analysis of Authorship and Political Engagement in the Work of Matthew Herbert (MA-thesis in Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam).

“This Was Made to End all Parties.” An Investigation of the Work of Einstürzende Neubauten Between 1980 and 1990 (BA-thesis in Musicology, University of Amsterdam).

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