Dr Jos (Johannes) Mulder
FHEA, PhD (2013 UTS), MA Arts Management and Administration (Utrecht 2008)

Lecturer in Sound

About me

I am a passionate sound technologist, researcher and educator. Music is the gist in my broad education and professional experience. Initially trained as a ‘Tonmeister’ I am specialised in ‘Live Sound’ working internationally with top performers from different traditions, with a focus on contemporary electroacoustic music. In addition to my music and technology skills I have developed an interest in the wider organisational, socio-cultural and historical aspects of the use of electronic amplification in the performance arts. A Master’s degree in Arts Management and Administration (2008) and a PhD (UTS 2013) aim at bridging the gap between sound technology, its creative use and broader discussions of the performance arts and society.

Research areas

Music Technology and Live Music, History of Sound Amplification, Sound Levels at Music Venues, Sound Studies, Social Semiotics, Sound (product) Design, Sound (installation) Art.

Current projects

Currently I am working with HearSmart a subsidiary of the HearingCRC in Melbourne. In addition to cosupervising a PhD candidate we are developing a first year teaching module focussing on hearing health and sound level management in music venues. Working with SAE (an international, commercial, tertiary education provider with a focus on sound engineering) we are targeting the sound engineers of the future.

With the Live Music Office I am exploring wether this module can be the start of a voluntary certification process for Live Sound Engineers.

Awards and grants

2014 CAESIE priming Grant to organise the Soundcheck symposium which was held at RMIT university in April 2015 brining together international industry specialists and Australian academics looking into the area of sound levels in music venues.


Professional and community service

Member of the School of Arts research committee since spring semester 2014.

Doctoral and masters supervisions


Nina Kraszewski (Royal Conservatoire The Hague): Creating a conceptual sound design documentation. Art of Sound Master 2017, research supervisor.


Siobhan McGinnity (Melbourne University): Investigating Music Induced Hearing Loss within the Live Pop/Rock Music Scene, Co supervision with Robert Cowan (ceo Hearing CRC) and Liz Beach (NAL, Sydney). Submission foreseen in 2018

From February 2018 I’m supervising the research component of five Master students at the Royal Conservatoire, The Hague, working on a project with Stockhausen works.


Nick Choo: The musical adaptation of an Australian theatrical play and the implications of cross-cultural collaboration: Negotiations in adapting a non-musical work by a Western Australian playwright into musical theatre. Co supervision with Jenny de Reuck and Leo Murray (both Murdoch) Submission due in 2019



My PhD thesis (2013) Making Things Louder is available from the UTS repository.

Book Chapters

Mulder, J. & Van Leeuwen, T. (2018 in press). “Speech, Sound, Technology”. In M. Knakkergaard, M. Walter-Hansen & M. Grimshaw (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Sound & Imagination. Oxford: OUP.

Mulder, J. (2015). “Intimacy in Public”. In B. Halligan, N. Spelman, K. Fairclough, & R. Edgar (Eds.), The arena concert: Music, media and mass entertainment. New York: Bloomsbury.

Mulder, J. (2014) “Live Sound and the Disappearing Digital.” In The Digital Evolution of Live Music, edited by A. Jones and R. Bennett. Oxford: Elsevier.

Journal Articles

Mulder, J. (2016). Average is the New Loudest. Leonardo Music Journal, 26.

Mulder, J. (2016). Amplified Music and Sound Level Management: A Discussion of Opportunities and Challenges. Journal of the Audio Engineering Society, 64(3), 124-131.

Mulder, J. (2015). The Iconic Microphone. Academic Quarter no. 10.

Mulder, J. (2013). Sound Resources: Environmental Installation. Leonardo Music Journal, -(23), 18-19. doi:10.1162/LMJ_a_00145

Conference Papers

Mulder, J. (2015). Early History of Amplified Music: Transectorial Innovation and Decentralized Development. Paper presented at the Audio Engineering Society Conference: 59th International Conference: Sound Reinforcement Engineering and Technology, Montreal.

Mulder, J. (2015). Amplified Music and Sound Level Management; A Multi Stakeholder Perspective. Paper presented at the Audio Engineering Society Conference: 58th International Conference: Music Induced Hearing Disorders, Aalborg.

Mulder, J. (2014). A sound studies perspective on live sound (or vice versa). Paper presented at the Second European Sound Studies Association Conference: Mapping the Field. Copenhagen, Denmark.

Mulder, J. (2010). Functions of Amplified Music: a Theoretical Approach. Proceedings of 20th International Congress on Acoustics, (ICA 2010), Sydney, Australia

Mulder, J. (2010). The Loudspeaker as Musical Instrument. Proceedings of the 2010 Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME 2010), Sydney, Australia

Mulder, J. (2010). Amplified Music and Multimodal Considerations. Conference paper, 5th International conference on Multimodality, (5ICOM 2010),

Mulder, J. (2009). Sound Amplification Technology and the Acousmatic Experience. Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference of Students of Systematic Musicology, (SYSMUS09) Ghent, Belgium

Mulder, J. (2009). Authentic Performance of Electroacoustic Music. Conference paper Outside the Box: practice, participation and method in live electronic music, Postgraduate Conference, City University London, Department of Music, November 16, 2009

Mulder, J. (2009). Social Distance and Amplified Music. Post-Graduate Student Research Conference, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UTS, Sydney, Australia.


Stolen Goods (Stocketus) for acoustic ensemble and loudspeakers, composition commissioned by Decibel New Music, to be performed at the 2017 Totally Huge New Music Festival, Perth.

Curated Gallery:

Sound Resources an interactive installation in the UTS DAB ‘DabLab’ research gallery. The installation reflected on both the energy consumption of contemporary multi media installations and the current resource boom in Australia. Solar power was used to drive an interactive kinetic sound installation releasing chunks of coal, adding alarming sonic events to the university’s everyday soundscape (October 5-29, 2011).