Audio Communication Group

Information on the Edgard-Varèse Guest Professorship

Background of the Edgard Varèse Guest Professorship for Computer Music

In spring 2000 the Technical University Berlin, the Artists-in-Berlin Program of the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, DAAD) and rbb / Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (former station Sender Freies Berlin) created the Edgard Varèse Guest Professorship for Computer Music.

The Edgard Varèse Guest Professorship is intended to serve the various techniques and critical reflection on computer music. Moreover, the appearance of important artists and scientists will contribute to the cultural life of the city of Berlin.

The candidates for the Edgard Varèse Guest Professorship are selected by a high-ranking interdisciplinary jury (see below) - we kindly ask you to desist from sending application letters.

Details on the Grant
It includes:

  • An adequate monthly stipend for the time of the guest professorship
  • International and national travel subsidy to cover the guest professor's journey to Germany (the amount depends on the country of origin)
  • Resources for materials to be used in context of the teaching and workshops.

Duration of the professorship

The invitation is extended for one semester, in total about 48 hours teaching-time. The time schedule can be flexibly arranged.

Summer term:  
April through July (lecture period: mid April - mid July)

Winter term:    
October through February (lecture period: mid October - mid February, including two weeks of christmas break in December/January)

Program of the Edgard Varèse Guest Professorship for Computer Music

(1) Lecture at Berlin Technical University

The guest is included as full member of the faculty into the program of studies at the Faculty I Humanities at Technische Universität Berlin. The guest professor will choose the focus and format of the classes/lectures in coordination with the scientific staff at the department. In any case, the teaching should be related to the field of computer music in the broad field between questions of musicology and engineering science. The lecture can be held either in German or English language.

The Edgard Varèse Guest Professor will be part of the academic circle of the university and will be supported by the partners during the entire time of his/her stay, especially by her/his teaching assistant.

(2) Public Event

During the Guest Professor's visit at least one high profile public appearance will be organized. This will be jointly conceived according to the wishes of the guest professor.

Travel Arrangements and Accommodation

The Edgard Varèse Guest Professor is kindly asked to organize his/her own travel arrangements. If requested we can support the guest professor to organized by the staff of the TU Berlin.
Learn more about how to find an adequate accommodation in Berlin here.

The guest is kindly requested to arrange his/her own visa requirements in his/her home country prior to departure. Comprehensive information for guest researchers at the Technische Universität Berlin can be found here and here (pdf).

Office Facilities

The Guest Professor will be provided with his/her own desk in the Technische Universität Berlin. The office will be equipped with all required facilities (computer, internet access, telephone).

Selection Committee

The interdisciplinary selection committee comprises experts representing the institutions involved in the guest professorship. The original committee consisting of the Artists-in-Berlin Program of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Electronic Music Studio of the TU Berlin and the Sender Freies Berlin (today known as Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg, rbb) was extended by a representative of the University of the Arts (UdK) in Berlin.

Dahlia Borsche, Head of the Music Department, Artists-in-Berlin Program of the DAAD
Andreas Goebel, Cultural Radio Department at the rbb
Prof. Dr. Stefan Weinzierl, Head of the Audio Communication Group at the TU Berlin
Henrik von Coler, Electronic Music Studio at the TU Berlin
Prof. Dr. Martin Supper,  UdK Berlin