Rolf Bader

*1969 in Stuttgart, Germany

Rolf Bader is Professor for Systematic Musicology in Hamburg since 2007. His main research interests are Physical Modeling of Musical Instruments, Timbre and Rhythm Perception, Musical Signal Processing, and Room Acoustics. He is editor of the Springer Series Current Research in Systematic Musicology where in he published a monograph Nonlinearities and Synchronization in Musical Acoustics and Music Psychology, as well as Computational Phonogram Archiving and Sound-Perception-Performance as an editor. He is the editor of the Springer Handbook of Systematic Musicology, published in 2018. His work in music neurocognition includes models of the cochlear and neurons for music perception. He also works as an Ethnomusicologist mainly in Southeast Asia (Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Bali, Nepal, Thailand, Cambodia). His interest in Music Theory lead to a Syllogistic Music Theory founding Tonal Systems on Logic, as well as Music Semantics and Musical Ethics founded on the Sentence of Reason (Zur Herleitung musikalischer Bedeutung und musikalischer Ethik. Peter Lang Verlag, 2006). He is member of several scientific societies and on the Technical Committee Board of Musical Acoustics of the American Acoustical Society and co-chair of Musical Acoustics section of the German Acoustical Society and participates in many international work groups also organizing the International Summer School for Systematic Musicology in Hamburg (EU Erasmus Program) from 2012 on. He is also a musician and composer in the fields of free improvised and electronic music, as well as Fusion and Rock, and published several CDs here.



Michael Blaß

*1983 in Saarbrücken, Germany.

B.A. Historical Musicology, Philosophy and European Studien at Saarland University.

M.A. Systematic Musicology at University of Hamburg graduated with the Thesis "Timbre-based Rhythm Theory using Hidden MarkovModels". 

Music educationist at Klingendes Museum Hamburg.

Research assistant at the Institute of Systematic Musicology, University of Hamburg

since 2017

Developer in the DFG-funded project "Music Information Retrieval Based Data Infrastructure for Ethnographic Sound Recordings Archives"
PhD student at the Institute of Systematic Musicology, University of Hamburg


Jonas Franke

*1983 in Hamburg, Germany.

2003 - 2005: Sound Engineer, Studio Funk Hamburg GmbH & Co. KG

2006 - 2017: M.A. Systematic Musicology, Computer Science, University of Hamburg

since 2005: Freelance Software Engineer

since 2017: Software Engineer for DFG-funded project "Music Information Retrieval Based Data Infrastructure for Ethnographic Sound Recordings Archives", University of Hamburg


Jost Leonhardt Fischer

*1970 in Potsdam, Germany

Jost Leonhardt Fischer has been a postdoctoral researcher in the Institute of Systematic Musicology at University of Hamburg, since 2014. His current research focuses on applications of nonlinear dynamics and oscillation theory in musical acoustics. Topics include, inter alia, synchronization phenomena in acoustical waveguides, nonlinearities in sound generation and sound radiation, investigations of the interplay of flows, turbulent layers and field as well as numerical simulations of the compressible Navier-Stokes equations. Jost Leonhardt Fischer studied physics at the University of Potsdam, Germany. In his Diploma thesis (2012) he investigated synchronization phenomena of nonlinear acoustic oscillators, from both a numerical and a theoretical perspective. In 2014 he received a Ph.D. in theoretical physics. In his Ph.D. thesis, he studied nonlinear coupling mechanisms of acoustic oscillators with a focus on synchronization of organ pipes.


Christian Koehn

*1972 in Hamburg

2000-2014 Studium der Musikwissenschaft und Ethnologie in Hamburg (M.A.)
Seit 2012: Kuratorische Betreuung der ethnografischen Tonträgersammlung der Universität Hamburg
Forschungsschwerpunkte: Musikethnologie, Ästhetik und Musikphilosophie, Theorie und Methode der Kulturwissenschaften.
Langzeitfeldforschungen in Südostasien (Thailand, Myanmar); Feldforschungsaufenthalte in Nordafrika (Libyen, Tunesien) und Brasilien

Nico Plath

*1979 in Hamburg



M.A. Systematic Musicology, Computer Science, University of Hamburg


Research fellow, DFG-Forschungsprojekt „Echtzeit FPGA- und GUI-gestützte Auralisation von Geometrie- und Materialvarianten des Piano.“ in cooperation with the piano company Steinway & Sons


Scholar in residence, Research group „A Creative Triangle of Mechanics, Acoustics and Aesthetics: The Early Pedal Harp (1780-1830) as a Symbol of Innovative Transformation“, Research Institute for the History of Science and Technology, Deutsches Museum, Munich

Visiting research fellow, Research group „Materiality of Musical Instruments: New Approaches to a Cultural History of Organology“, Research Institute for the History of Science and Technology, Deutsches Museum, Munich


Research fellow, BMWi-Forschungsprojekt “NeoAcousticWeave - Entwicklung eines neuartigen akustischen Verstärkungsgewebes für Geigen aus FVK”, Forschungsgruppe Sound Analysis and Design, Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg

Participant, Fraunhofer FDays® business model development program, Fraunhofer-  Gesellschaft, Munich

Research fellow and PhD candidate, Institute for Systematic Musicology, University of Hamburg


Matthias Tode

*1968, Hamburg ·


Abschluss zum M.A. in Systematischer Musikwissenschaft und Philosophie an der Universität Hamburg

2001 – 2003

Synchmanager Freibank Musikverlage GmbH / Hamburg

2003 – 2008

Lizenzmanager SMV Schacht Musikverlage GmbH

2008 – 2014

Inhaber und Geschäftsführer Salon Mondial OHG (Musikverlag)

2000 – heute

Inhaber und Geschäftsführer Ohrfilm e.k.


Swantje Zimmermann

* 1990 in Dresden, Germany

B.A. Musicology, University of Leipzig

M.A. Systematic Musicology, University of Hamburg

Thesis: Musical instruments in museums


research & media assistant Conservatory of Hamburg

since 2017
project manager for chamber music events, Hamburg

since 2018
research assistant at CoMSAr, Institute of Systematic Musicology, University of Hamburg




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