Sound cage for experiments in sound localization, in Matataro Matsumoto, “Researches on Acoustic Space,” Studies from the Yale Psychological Laboratory, 5, 1897, 1–75: 3.


Epistemes of Modern Acoustics

Research Group Leader: Viktoria Tkaczyk

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Research Group Leader

Research Group Leader (1 Mar 2015-28 Feb 2020)

Dr., Professor for the History of Knowledge, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

The Making of Acoustics in Sixteenth to Nineteenth-Century Europe


Photo: Holger Wegemann.

Services & Administration

Departmental Assistant

Research Scholar, Head of Cooperation and Communication (Since Jan 2008)


Translating Everyday Experience into Social Knowledge: Central European Feuilleton Culture around 1900

Researchers 2017–18


Visiting Scholar (Feb 2018-19 Feb 2018)

PhD, Department of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam

Researching Radio: Sound Archives and Discipline Formation, 1930-1945

Research Scholar (1 Jun 2015-31 May 2018)


Sound Science: Recording and Listening in the Biology of Bird Song, Listening and The Shaping of Work Performance in the Twentieth Century

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (2 Jul 2018-3 Sep 2018)

PhD. Lecturer in Music, Queen's University Belfast

Tactile Speech

Visiting Scholar (10 May 2018-9 Jul 2018)


Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-31 Aug 2018)


The Strait in the Cold War. Deep Science and Global Geopoliticsin the Mediterranean

Visiting Scholar (16 Apr 2018-11 May 2018)

PhD, Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Toronto

Open Office Design and the Acoustics of the Knowledge Economy

Visiting Scholar (1 Jun 2018-31 Aug 2018)


George Maciunas, Fluxus, and Media Technologies of Empire


Visiting Scholar (15 Jul 2018-16 Sep 2018)

Senior Lecturer in Art History, University of Sussex

Sound, Materiality and the Social Lives of Objects


Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (Jun 2018-30 Jun 2018)

The Electronic Circuit as Post-Musical Score

Visiting Scholar (6 Aug 2018-30 Sep 2018)


Research Scholar (1 Jan 2018-31 Dec 2019)


Tuning the World: A Global History of Acoustics at the Crossroads of Aesthetics, Politics, Science and Industry (1834-1939)


Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Jan 2017-31 Dec 2017)

MA, Doctoral Student, Freie Universität Berlin

Listening Techniques in Post-Reformation Geneva: Evidence from the Registers of the Consistory (1542–1555)


Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (15 Aug 2016-28 Feb 2020)

MA, Doctoral Candidate, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

John Bulwer (1606-1656): On the Theatricality of Medical Knowledge; Ciphers, Sounds and Ear Trumpets: Acoustics and Espionage in England, 1655-1685

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-31 Aug 2019)

Signal, Symbol, Measure, Model: Acoustic Processing and Computational Knowledge


Visiting Scholar (1 Aug 2017-31 Dec 2017)

PhD, Associate Professor, NYU Steinhardt

The Speed of Sound: Stretching Time, Shifting Pitch


Visiting Scholar (1 Oct 2017-31 Dec 2017)

PD Dr. phil., Research Associate and Lecturer, Musicology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Volume and Vibration. A Media and Knowledge History of Public Address Systems between Electroacoustics, Politics and Music, Germany circa 1930


Visiting Scholar (22 Jun 2017-21 Aug 2017)

PhD, Fanny Peabody Professor of Music, Harvard University

Friedrich Wilhelm Opelt (1794–1863): Proto-digital Music Theory

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (8 Jan 2017-29 Feb 2020)

MA, Doctoral Candidate, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

After Mapping the Avant-Garde: Politics, Discourses and Technologies of the “New” in Postwar “New Music"


Visiting Scholar (3 Apr 2018-31 May 2018)

PhD, Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication

Algorithmic Modeling of Musical Time

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (8 May 2017-28 Feb 2020)

Theater Exhibitions, Exhibition Media, and the Humanities around 1900

Visiting Scholar (15 Feb 2018-15 Apr 2018)

Prof. Dr., Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal

Music in Therapy. Narratives of Musical Practices in Medical Context in the 19th and 20th Century

Visiting Scholar (1 Jun 2018-31 Aug 2018)

Music and the Limits of Psychology, 1910–1960

Visiting Scholar (1 Sep 2017-31 Dec 2017)

PhD, James McGill Professor of Culture and Technology, Department of Art History and Communication Studies

The Speed of Sound: A History of Time-Stretching and Pitch-Shifting


Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (5 Mar 2018-31 May 2018)

Radio-Activities: The Architecture of Broadcasting in Cold War Berlin


Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (24 Jul 2017-28 Feb 2020)

Harmonies at Work: Musical Instruments and the Transfer of Knowledge in Early Acoustics


Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (18 Jun 2018-29 Feb 2020)


Research Scholar, Head of Cooperation and Communication (Since Jan 2008)


Translating Everyday Experience into Social Knowledge: Central European Feuilleton Culture around 1900