Audio Communication Group

Dr. Steffen Lepa





Steffen Lepa

Research assistant

+49 30 314-29313

Organization name Audio Communication Group
Office EN-8
Building H
Room H 2001E
Tuesdays12:00 - 14:00 h

Scientific Career

2020 - todayPostdoc researcher and lecturer, head of the Computational Musicology team at Audio Communication Group TU Berlin
2018 - 2019Guest professorship (W2) for "Media and Music" at the Institute for Journalism and Communication Research (IJK), HfMTM Hanover
2016 - 2018Head of research in EU Horizon project "abc_dj" (3.5 Mio EUR r&d project on AI as a tool in Music Branding)
2012 - 2015Principal investigator in research project "Survey Music and Media. Empirical basic data and theoretical modelling of the mediatisation of everyday music reception in Germany".
2010 - 2012Postdoc researcher at Audio Communication Group, TU Berlin / Berlin Cluster-of-Excellence "Languages of Emotion"
2009 - 2010Postdoc lecturer (methods of empirical social research and statistics) at the Faculty of Education and Social Sciences, University of Oldenburg
2009Doctorate in Philosophy ("summa cum laude") at the Faculty of Education and Social Sciences of the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg with the dissertation thesis: "Jenseits des Films. Quantitativ-inhaltsanalytische Rekonstruktion von filmischen Verstehens- und Aneignungsprozessen mit Hilfe der Postrezeptiven Lesartenanalyse (PLA)", supervised by Prof. Yvonne Ehrenspeck (General Education and Media Education) and Prof. Bernard Kittel (Methods in the Social Sciences)
2007 - 2010Scientific assistant with teaching duties (media pedagogy, research methods) at the Institute for Pedagogy at the University of Oldenburg
2005 - 2009Teaching assistant for digital audio processing at the Braunschweig University of Fine Arts
2005 - 2007Research assistant in the DFG research project "Communicative Education Processes of Adolescents on the Topic of Death and Filmic Patterns of Instruction" of the department "Philosophy of Education" (Prof. Dieter Lenzen) at the Free University of Berlin
2005 - 2006Teaching assistant for Information Psychology at the University of Applied Sciences Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel
2003 - 2005Master's degree in Media Management at the Hanover University of Music and Drama (final grade: 1.5 / ECTS grade B - very good)
2003 - 2005responsible head of the sound studio of the Central Media Workshop at the Braunschweig University of Fine Arts
2002Student assistant in the BmBF/MWK-funded research project "CRIMP - Criteria for Evaluation of Audiovisuals in Multimedia Production", of the L3S Research Centre, University of Hanover
1998 - 2003Master's degree in Media Studies, Psychology and Media Technology at the Technical University and University of Fine Arts Braunschweig (final grade: 1.3).
1997Baccalaureate in English, Music, History (bilingual) and Computer Science at the Gymnasium Ricarda-Huch-Schule, Braunschweig (final grade: 1.8)
1978Born in Braunschweig

Fields of Research

  • Media reception and audience research
  • Audio media use, sound and music reception
  • Empirical methods of social research (QUAN, QUAL, Mixed, Computational)
  • Media change and mediatisation
  • Digital media and internet
  • Popular culture and music culture



Egermann, H., Lepa, S., Herzog, M., & Steffens, J. (2022). "Evidenzbasierte Praxis im Music Branding–Musikalische Markenkommunikation wird erwachsen" in Musik & Marken , Grünewald-Schukalla, Lorenz and Jóri, Anita and Schwetter, Holger, Eds. Wiesbaden : Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden , 73–91.


Pelzer, R., Dinakaran, M., Brinkmann, F., Lepa, S., Grosche, P., & Weinzierl, S. (2020, Dec.). "Head-related transfer function recommendation based on perceptual similarities and anthropometric features" , J. Acoust. Soc. Am. , 148 (6), 3809–3817.
Lepa, S., Herzog, M., Steffens, J., Schoenrock, A., & Egermann, H. (2020, Aug.). "A computational model for predicting perceived musical expression in branding scenarios" , Journal of New Music Research , 49 (4), 387–402.
Lepa, S. (2020). "Interdisciplinary Research on Modes of Listening to Music and Sound" in How We Use the Media: Strategies, Modes and Styles , Krämer, Benjamin and Frey, Felix, Eds. Cham : Palgrave Macmillan , 115–131.
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[en] Lepa, S., Steffens, J., Herzog, M., & Egermann, H. (2020). "Popular Music as Entertainment Communication: How Perceived Semantic Expression Explains Liking of Previously Unknown Music" , Media and Communication , 8 (3), 191–204.
[en] Lepa, S. (2020). "Statistical Significance: Testing" in The International Encyclopedia of Media Psychology , American Cancer Society , 1–1111.
[en] Weinzierl, S., Lepa, S., & Thiering, M. (2020). "The Language of Rooms: From Perception to Cognition to Aesthetic Judgment" in The Technology of Binaural Understanding , Blauert, Jens and Braasch, Jonas, Eds. Cham : Springer International Publishing , 435–454.
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[en] Herzog, M., Lepa, S., Egermann, H., Schoenrock, A., & Steffens, J. (2020). "Towards a common terminology for music branding campaigns" , Journal of Marketing Management .
Coler, H., Lepa, S., & Weinzierl, S. (2020). "User-Defined Mappings for Spatial Sound Synthesis" in Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) .
[de] Ehrenspeck-Kolasa, Y., Lepa, S., Braun, J., & Geimer, A. (2020). "Medienpädagogik und Inhaltsanalyse" in Handbuch Medienpädagogik , Sander, Uwe and von Gross, Friederike and Hugger, Kai-Uwe, Eds. Wiesbaden : Springer Fachmedien , 1–9.


Brinkmann, F., Aspöck, L., Ackermann, D., Lepa, S., Vorländer, M., & Weinzierl, S. (2019, Apr.). "A round robin on room acoustical simulation and auralization" , J. Acoust. Soc. Am. , 145 (4), 2746–2760.


Weinzierl, S., Lepa, S., Schultz, F., Detzner, E., Coler, H., & Behler, G. (2018). "Sound Power and Timbre as Cues for the Dynamic Strength of Orchestral Instruments" , The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America , 144 (3), 1347–1355. ASA .
Weinzierl, S., Lepa, S., & Kokabi, O. (2018). "Virtuelle historische Klangumgebungen als Werkzeug der Musikwissenschaft" in Klang als Geschichtsmedium , Langenbruch, Anna, Eds. Bielefeld : transcript Verlag , 221–244.
Lepa, S., Herzog, M., Peeters, G., Steffens, J., Wages, R., & Egermann, H. (2018). "A Knowledge-Based Recommender System for Music Branding" , submitted manuscript .
Lepa, S. (2018). "Quantitative Filmrezeptionsanalyse" in Handbuch der Filmsoziologie , Geimer, Alexander and Heinze, Carsten and Winter, Rainer, Eds. Wiesbaden : Springer VS , in press.
Coler, H., Götz, M., & Lepa, S. (2018). "Parametric Synthesis of Glissando Note Transitions – A user Study in a Real-Time Application" in Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Digital Audio Effects (DAFx) , Aveiro, Portugal
Steffens, J., Lepa, S., Herzog, M., Schönrock, A., & Egermann, H. (2018). "''Bridging the Semantic Gap'' - Kann der semantische Ausdruck von Musik mithilfe von akustischen Signaleigenschaften vorhergesagt werden?" in Fortschritte der Akustik - DAGA 2018 (München) , DEGA, Eds.


[de] Lepa, S., & Guljamow, M. (2017). "Mediensozialisation als Aufwachsen in materiellen Medienumgebungen" in Mediatisierung und Mediensozialisation , Hoffmann, Dagmar and Krotz, Friedrich and Reißmann, Wolfgang, Eds. Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden , 289–309.
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[de] Hoklas, A., & Lepa, S. (2017). "Welchen Beitrag ‚leistet‘ die Materialität der Medien zum soziokulturellen Wandel?" in Mediatisierung als Metaprozess , Krotz, Friedrich and Despotović, Cathrin and Kruse, Merle-Marie, Eds. Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden , 281–302.
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Lepa, S. (2017). "The diffusion of music streaming services in Germany between 2012-2015 and its impact on habitual audio media repertoires of the normal population" , Kassel
Weinzierl, S., & Lepa, S. (2017). "RAQI Boston" .
Herzog, M., Lepa, S., Egermann, H., Steffens, J., & Schönrock, A. (2017). "Predicting Musical Meaning in Audio Branding Scenarios" in Proceedings of the 25th Anniversary Conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM): ``The expressive interaction with music'' (Ghent, Belgium) , Ginsborg, Jane and Lamont, Alexandra, Eds. Ghent
Lepa, S., Grigoriev, D., & Weinzierl, S. (2017). "RAQI - Ein neues psychologisches Messinstrument für die akustische Wahrnehmung von Räumen für Musik und Sprache und seine psychometrische Qualität" , Kiel
Steffens, J., Lepa, S., Herzog, M., Schönrock, A., Peeters, G., & Egermann, H. (2017). "High-level chord features extracted from audio can predict perceived musical expression" in Extended Abstracts for the Late-Breaking Demo Session of the 18th ISMIR Conference 2017 .
Egermann, H., Lepa, S., Herzog, M., Schönrock, A., & Steffens, J. (2017). "Automatische Vorhersage musikinduzierter Attributassoziationen im Kontext von Audio-Branding" in 33. Abstract-Band zur Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Musikpsychologie (DGM) .