Audio Communication & Sonology is a joint master’s programme of the Technische Universität (TU) Berlin and the Royal Conservatoire’s Institute of Sonology in The Hague. It combines courses in acoustics, audio technology, signal processing and musicology at the Audio Communication Group of TU Berlin with in-depth study of the artistic aspects of electroacoustic music and sound art at Sonology.
Both departments have made important contributions to the development of electroacoustic music and new forms of acoustic media art since the 1960s, with a particular interest in sound spatialisation technologies and their artistic applications. Since 2000, international partnerships in this discipline have been strengthened by the Edgard Varèse Guest Professorship for Computer Music, awarded to TU Berlin by the German academic exchange programme DAAD, and the equivalent Konrad Boehmer Visiting Professorship established in The Hague in 2016.
Candidates will spend one year studying in Berlin (Audio Communication and Technology) and one year at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague (Sonology). Graduates of the programme earn a double degree that offers outstanding prospects for an international career, since it combines a Master of Science from the TU Berlin and a Master of Music in Sonology from the Royal Conservatoire.
The Audio Communication and Technology programme offers teaching and research opportunities in the areas of 3D audio technologies, technology and aesthetics of music media production, room acoustics and musical performance practices, media reception and empirical methods, electroacoustic music, musical information science and media art, and media and communication theory. Chairs involved in the programme include Audio Communication (Prof. Dr. Stefan Weinzierl), Technical Acoustics (Prof. Dr. Ennes Sarradj), Quality and Usability (Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sebastian Möller), and Media Studies (Prof. Dr. Stephan Günzel).
Technical facilities available include two electronic music studios with 8-channel and 12-channel playback and 192-channel wave field synthesis, a 3D Media Lab with stereoscopic 180° panorama projection and dynamic binaural synthesis, a large anechoic chamber and a reverberation chamber for acoustic measurements, and a wave field synthesis demonstration room with 832 channels and 2700 speakers installed.
The Master of Music in Sonology is focused on the realisation of individual research projects. Subject areas covered in Sonology include studio composition, computer programming, sound research, digital signal processing, algorithmic composition, live electronics, improvisation, sound art, field recording, the spatial aspects of sound, and the theory of electronic music.
Faculty members include Prof. Dr. Richard Barrett, Justin Bennett, Lex van den Broek, Raviv Ganchrow, Bjarni Gunnarsson, Paul Jeukendrup, Ji Youn Kang, Fani Konstantinidou, Johan van Kreij, Anne La Berge, Dr. Peter Pabon, Gabriel Paiuk, Irene Ruipérez Canales, Dr. Rebecca Schaefer, Dr. Kees Tazelaar and Rebekah Wilson.
Sonology avails itself of the Royal Conservatoire’s two excellent concert halls for its regular concert presentations. Every year the students perform the results of the final exams at a festival in June. The well-equipped studios enable students to produce and record their projects at a professional level. Sound playback in these studios varies between four and eight channels, as well as wave field synthesis. There is a studio for live electronic music, and a historic studio principally equipped with analogue equipment. The electronics workshop offers the facility to design and build equipment for specific purposes.
The aim of the programme is
Selection and Admission
Students are selected and admitted to the exchange programme based on their academic, artistic, personal and linguistic qualifications. The selection is carried out in collaboration between the two institutions. Admission of students is always at the discretion of the host institution.
The deadline for application to the exchange is 15 February for the current year. The deadline for notification of any exchange student is 15 April for the current year.
With the application for the exchange programme, students have to
The University of the Arts Royal Conservatoire agrees to accept as a host university each year up to 6 students.
Tuition Fees and Costs
All TU students – including exchange students as part of this Double Degree Programme – are subject to paying a fee per semester that covers the social security contribution (Sozialbeitrag) and free public transport in Berlin and the Berlin region. This compulsory fee is not a tuition fee.
All University of the Arts Royal Conservatoire students – including exchange students as part of this Double Degree Programme – are subject to paying the regular tuition fees per academic year. See:
Students will be responsible for covering the cost of travel to the host country and living costs during their stay, including accommodation, books, equipment, consumables, language tuition prior to the commencement of coursework (where necessary), student union fee (if applicable) and other expenses arising out of the exchange. Each institution may offer financial aid to their outgoing students.
The host establishment will render assistance to the incoming students in finding appropriate accommodation.
The dual degree programme is open to TU Berlin students enrolled in the Audio Communication and Technology master programme who successfully completed the mandatory modules up to 39 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) plus elective modules up to 21 ECTS. The TU Berlin part of the double degree must be finished within the duration of one academic year.
Upon successful completion of this curriculum, the selected students will attend University of the Arts Royal Conservatoire in the Netherlands and complete a research project up to 30 ECTS, mandatory courses up to 20 ECTS plus elective courses up to 10 ECTS in Sonology and will write a master's thesis as part of the research outcomes. The University of the Arts Royal Conservatoire part of the double degree must be finished within the duration of one academic year.
|Semester 1||Semester 2||Semester 3||Semester 4|
|Pflichtmodule / Compulsory Courses|
|AKT 1-1||Digitale Signalverarbeitung||6||AKT 5a||Elektroakustik und Raumakustik||6||KC-M-SO-COZ||Specialisation Composing/Programming/ Performance/Research||14||KC-M-SO-COZ||Specialisation Composing/Programming/ Performance/Research||14|
|AKT 1-2||Grundlagen Elektrotechnik||6||AKT 7a||Musikinformatik und Medienkunst I||6||KC-M-SO-COLQ||Colloquium||4||KC-M-SO-COLQ||Colloquium||4|
|AKT 1-3||Grundlagen Musikwissenschaft||6||AKT 8||Virtuelle Akustik||6||KC-M-SO-RS||Research Seminar Participation / Research Seminar Presentation||4||KC-M-SO-RS||Research Seminar Participation / Research Seminar Presentation||4|
|AKT 1-4||Einführung in die Kultur- und Geisteswissenschaften6|
|Aus den Modulen AKT 1-1 bis AKT 1-4 ist in Absprache mit den Studierenden eines auszuwählen, um aus dem jeweiligen Bachelorstudium resultierende Defizite im ingenieurwissenschaftlichen oder im kulturwissenschaftlichen Bereich auszugleichen.|
|AKT 2||Empirisch-wissenschaftliches Arbeiten||6|
|AKT 4||Grundlagen Akustik||9|
|Wahlpflichtmodule / Electives|
|Module aus dem Wahlpflichtbereich „Audiokommunikation und –technologie“ / Electives from the Module Catalogue „Audio Communication and Technology“|