The sense of listening forms a unique platform from which particular ways of perceiving and experiencing our surroundings are nurtured. Sound is a temporal and invisible material, circulating through space and bringing us into contact with each other outside the dynamics of seeing, visual representation and the power of the gaze.

The particular behaviors of sound and listening are brought into play within the sound arts. Since John Cage and the post-war culture of the 1950s and 60s, sound as a specific theoretical and aesthetical question has increasingly developed, leading to a highly dynamic history of experimental works crossing over from composition to installation to performance. With the intensification of digital culture, practices of sound art continue to expand, finding additional support with the emergence of sound studies within the social sciences.

How does sound operate to locate us within cultural and social life? In what ways might we investigate sound as a specific experience, as well as develop related discourses and practices? What do the sound arts suggest in terms of particular aesthetical materials and artistic strategies?

Studies in sound focus on experimental media practice, spatial and installation strategies, acoustic sculpture, and performance work and methods. Students are able to develop skills in audio recording and digital editing, installation and spatial techniques, surround sound and soundtrack work. In addition, studies incorporate research in the areas of field recording, social and relational praxis, and theories of listening, voice and the senses.

Studies in sound are also supported through the sound studio and media labs, with regular coursework and guest lectures by invited artists and researchers. In addition, students have the option of attending courses through the Nordic Sound Art Program, a network between participating academies in the Nordic region. For more information see:

Areas of focus:
Voice and modes of address
Acoustic space and place-making
Sonic materiality
Spatial sound
Ethics of listening
Sound & Image

Published: 3/14/2012 by Peter Klasson Updated: 6/3/2016 by Mia Kolbjørnsen