History of Listening

Emmy Noether Research Group

Karin Weissenbrunner

future Predoctoral Research Fellow


I studied systematic musicology, audio communication and technical acoustics at the Technical University of Berlin (TU Berlin). My recent research project for the magister degree focused on the experimental turntablist Ignaz Schick from Berlin. Thereby I drew a historical line from early grammophon experiments to hip hop turntablists and experimental forms of today’s turntablism, especially regarding their media-specific aspects.

More generally, my interests lie in all kinds of sound art and experimental music particularly in their aspects of multi-modal perception.

For several years I studied the (transverse) flute with the flutist and composer as well as sound artist Kirsten Reese in Berlin. I also took lessons at the University of Arts (UdK) in Berlin for example by Marc Sabat, Bernhard Gal and Kirsten Reese.

Furthermore I like taking pictures with vintage cameras and enjoy graphical work in typography and scores during my free time.

Selected publications

Karin Weissenbrunner, “History of Experimental Turntablism – Scratches from Second Hand Technology” & Editorial, In: Canadian Electroacoustic Community. eContact! 14.3,  Montréal, Québec, CEC. (January 2013)

Talks, Exhibitions & Publications 

February 2010 Symposium of the Association of Music Research (GFM) Systematic Musicology at the Technical University Berlin – “The History and Evolution of Turntablism”.

July – September 2008 Internal documentation of the technical porting of Diadèmes by Marc-André Dalbavie at IRCAM – Institut de Recherche et Coordination acoustique/musique in the European Project CASPAR – Cultural, Artistic & Scientific Knowledge for Preservation, Access & Retrieval.

January 2007 Academic Exhibition to a Meeting of Faculty Representatives Zukunft Konzert – in Radialsystem V, (by the Academy for Old Music Berlin) – “sound games”.

November 2006 Musicological Exhibition Tenso Days Berlin – International Chamber Choir Festival for Contemporary Music, at Radialsystem V Berlin, exhibition object & interview: “Peter Ablinger”.

June 2006 Symposium Music & Media Art – Musicology, University of Applied Art Bern (HKB), Switzerland: “Psychoacoustical Aspects in Peter Ablinger’s Music”.

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