Dr Jos (Johannes) Mulder
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

April 2015: http://soundchecksymposium.murdoch.edu.au

Awards and grants

2014 CAESIE priming Grant $7000


Professional and community service

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

Doctoral and masters supervisions

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).

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)


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

Book Chapters

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 in Press). 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. (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 AcousticExperience. 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.


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).