Online discussion with Danae Bos, Laura Agnusdei and Kees Tazelaar at Gaudeamus Music Week

70 years ago, composers could not have predicted that electronic music would become as broad a field and as widespread as it is today. Although contemporary dance and related genres no longer have much to do with the sound research of that time, electronic music does have its origins there. From the outset Gaudeamus has played a major role in researching and developing these new technological possibilities.

Musicologist Danae Bos will chair a discussion with Kees Tazelaar (composer, sonologist and authority in the field of electronic music) and Laura Agnusdei (saxophonist and electro-acoustic composer) on the subject of the history of electronic music. They will also take a look at developments in the contemporary field.

Laura Agusdei and Kees Tazelaar

Sonology 2020 end-of-year playlist online

Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, this year’s Sonology final presentation concerts were all cancelled. We have therefore created a playlist with a selection of works that were all mixed for headphones, so that at least we are able to share some of our music with you.

Erhard Grosskopf: SprachKlang – VoiceSound CD release

Erhard Grosskopf (*1934) is a German composer who produced several electronic compositions at the Institute of Sonology in Utrecht between 1969 and 1972, among which Dialectics, commissioned by the BRD to be performed in the German Pavilion at the 1970 World’s Fair in Osaka. A CD that includes the works composed at Sonology has been released on the NEOS label. More info can be found here:

Restless Horizon: A Virtual Concert for Harp & Electronics


On Sunday 7 June 2020 at 21.00 CET (20.00 UK time) Milana Zarić and Richard Barrett will premiere a virtual duo concert for acoustic/electric harp and electronics – Restless Horizon – on You Tube Premiere:
At this time of year, our small concert space Spectrum East in Belgrade is usually playing host to performances and presentations by composers and performers, both local and visiting from around the world. Since that isn’t presently possible, we wanted to take the opportunity to present the latest work from our harp/electronics duo, and show some of the directions it’s currently taking. After months of non performing, we felt an urgent need to communicate with our audience and offer our music online to friends and colleagues around the world.

nocturnes for electric harp and electronics (2019), homage to C.Debussy
šuma for concert harp and electronics (2016), from close up for ensemble
restless horizon for electric harp and electronics (2020), homage to Stojan Ćelić
sphinx (2020) for binaural fixed media + video 🎧

The earliest piece, šuma (“forest”), forms part of the electroacoustic sextet close-up, written by Richard for Ensemble Studio6. The six instrumental parts of šuma can be played in any combination and involve alternation between fixed and improvisational material so as to bring independent streams of activity together in spontaneous intertwinings. The other three pieces were composed collaboratively. In nocturnes and restless horizon, Milana expands her electric harp using live electronic processing. restless horizon is named after one of the paintings by Stojan Ćelić (1925-1992) that can be seen on the wall of our venue. sphinx is a fixed-media electronic composition based on harp improvisations, rendered binaurally for an enhanced spatial experience when heard on headphones, and accompanied by a specially produced video. 

We recommend to use external speakers or headphones, to maximize the sound quality throughout the programme. The last piece is a binaural composition and should be heard on headphones.

Annual WFS Concert online

The annual Wave Field Synthesis festival that is hosted by Ji Youn Kang in collaboration with The Game of Life had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Ji therefore selected some pieces that are rendered for headphones with the WFSCollider software. Enjoy listening!

More Sonology Online Concerts

Under normal circumstances we would have been together tonight in the Royal Conservatoire’s wonderful Arnold Schoenbergzaal, enjoying multichannel fixed media pieces, live electronic music, improvised music, etc.
Instead, Konrad Boehmer Visiting Professors Nic Collins, Horacio Vaggione, Daniel Teruggi, Peter Ablinger, Evan Parker and Cathy van Eck were kind enough to make their work available to you through an online playlist, which you will find here:

Several composers at Sonology have been making special binaural mixes of their works, which will give a multichannel playback experience when listened to on headphones. A SoundCloud playlist, which will see regular updates, is available here:

Justin Bennett’s “The Constellation” podcast

To keep himself off the streets and out of trouble, Justin Bennett has begun a podcast series called “The Constellation”, which is inspired by the rediscovery of a large sound archive from his past. Justin writes:

I’m not sure if it’s an audio book with sound-effects and weird music or a sitting audio-walk. I have to invent it again every week. Sometimes more wordy, sometimes hopefully more musical. I don’t know where it’s going to end. None of us do.

What it is, is Fiction. A story of a few friends who, during the Corona-crisis are in contact with each other again. It’s about how they react to the changes around them, but also about their shared past, art, music and politics.

I can’t promise to make a new episode each week, but I’m going to try. Every Friday. Best wishes from isolation, Justin

You can find the podcast at:


you can also sign up to it on iTunes:

or Spotify:

Online ARC Session Sound, Technology and Listening – Artistic Research at the Institute of Sonology

You are invited to attend the online ARC Session Sound, Technology and Listening – Artistic Research at the Institute of Sonology.
14th April 2020, 19h00–21h00
Join us at

More information on the ARC Sessions in 2020.

Sound, Technology and Listening – Artistic Research at the Institute of Sonology.
This ARC session will display the research of four students of the master’s programme of the Institute of Sonology at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, while two students will act as respondents. Within the context of the research master’s at the Institute of Sonology, a wide range of perspectives is unfolded in the form of individual projects. Students look into, among other domains, the role of sound in music and our everyday environment, the development of novel tools for sound production, the study of the sensorial aspects of sound and their possible compositional implementations.

This ARC session has been convened by Gabriel Paiuk, Faculty Staff at the Institute of Sonology and PhD Candidate at ACPA.

How to join the session:
Go to
The live session can only be accessed through up-to-date versions of Chrome, Firefox and Edge browsers.
When entering the session, you need to authorize the use of your microphone and camera. As you first access the live session, your microphone will be muted and the camera will be off. You then need to turn both on to be able take part of the session, although you will still remain muted throughout the presentations.
When the discussion with the audience takes place, the moderator will activate the users in the audience so you are able to comment or pose questions.

Coronavirus measures

Due to the coronavirus measures, the Royal Conservatoire’s building is closed until 6th April 2020. This has large consequences for Sonology’s education, public events and community.

  • Lessons are taking place through online platforms as much as possible
  • Access to our studios is not possible
  • Evan Parker’s Visiting Professorship is postponed
  • The concerts on 19th and 25th March are cancelled

We wish all students, colleagues, friends and their families the very best and we hope to see you soon under better circumstances!