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

    Lecturer in Sound

    About me

    I am a passionate music 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.

    Teaching area

    Post Grad coordination:

    ART604 Advanced Research Topics

    Undergrad coordination in the Bachelor of Creative Media, Murdoch’s School of Art:

    CRE100 Foundation in Creative Media this unit is the shared foundation for all students in the bachelor of creative media which includes the majors in Sound, Screen, Games Art Design and Photography.

    SOU101 Introduction to Sound Production this unit is a broad introduction to creative music production and recording practices

    SOU169 Introduction to Sound Studies this unit provides a broad introduction to sound studies, offering a variety of theoretical perspective connected to sonic culture, perception and communication

    SOU268 Music Technology this unit is focussed on the creative use of music technology, with a central role for digital music production in digital audio workstations (DAW)

    SOU214 Audio Production this is our studio recording unit, students are trained in using our two state-of-the-art recording studios and assessed on a number of music recordings.

    SOU378 Sound Projects this is a capstone unit that currently is divided in a Live Sound element, with groups producing a live concert and live (streaming) broadcast, and an individual project.




    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


    RCON – 18327: Sound Level Measurements $9,000 research project funded by HEARsmart

    RCON – 18350: Teaching and Learning Module $5,600 teaching and learning project funded by HEARsmart


    School of Arts Research Support Fund 2017 $4,000


    School of Arts Small Grant 2016 $3,000

    School of Arts ECR Grant 2016 $3,000

    School of Arts Conference Fund $3,000


    School of Arts Small Grant 2015 $3,000

    School of Arts Conference Fund $2,500


    CAESIE priming Grant ($7,000) to organise the Soundcheck symposium which was held at RMIT university in April 2015 bringing 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.

    Australia Council peer assessor (Music)

    Peer reviewer for Visual Communication (Sage, ISSN 1470 3572)

    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). Submission foreseen in 2018

    Nick Choo (Murdoch University): 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 Helena Grehan and Leo Murray  Submission in 2019

    For the Royal Conservatoire, The Hague, 2018/2019: I am supervising four Masters’ soundprojection students working on a project with the Netherlands’ Opera and the Holland Festival of an (almost) complete performance of Stockhausen Light cycle.





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



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

    Book Chapters

    Mulder, J. & Van Leeuwen, T. (2019 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. On Google Books

    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

    Parra, J. & Mulder, J. (2018 in press). On Stockhausen’s Solo(s): beyond interpretation. Leonardo Music Journal, 28. doi10.1162/lmj_a_01036

    McGinnity, Siobhan, Elizabeth Francis Beach, Johannes Mulder, and Robert Cowan. “Caring for musicians’ ears: insights from audiologists and manufacturers reveal need for evidence-based guidelines.” International journal of audiology 57, no. sup1 (2018): S12-S19.

    Mulder, J. (2016). Average is the New Loudest. Leonardo Music Journal, 26. Doi:10.1162/LMJ_a_00976

    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 (presentations and proceedings)

    McGinnity, Siobhan, Johannes Mulder, Elizabeth Francis Beach, and Robert Cowan. (2018). “Investigating the Use of Sound Level Management Software in Live Indoor Music Venues.” In Audio Engineering Society Conference: 2018 AES International Conference on Music Induced Hearing Disorders.

    Beach, Elizabeth Francis, Johannes Mulder, and Ian O’Brien (2018). “Development of Guidelines for Protecting the Hearing of Patrons at Music Venues: Practicalities, Pitfalls, and Making Progress.” In Audio Engineering Society Conference: 2018 AES International Conference on Music Induced Hearing Disorders.

    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, premiered at 2017 Totally Huge New Music Festival, PICA, Perth. It was reprised at the 2018 Australian Computer Music Conference (ACMC) in Perth. A recording and interview about the work are available on the ABC New Waves website.

    On Solo(s)Collaborative research project with Juan Parra from Orpheus Research Centre in Music (Ghent, Belgium) looking at interpreting a Stockhausen work with its electronics emulated in a digital, networked environment. Six (inter)networked concerts connecting Ghent, Perth, Brisbane and several other cities (2014-2016)

    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).