Jeremy Woodruff

Research Focus

  • Sound Art and “Social Composition”
  • Sound and Politics
  • Music Theory and Transcultural Sound Practices
  • Music Theory and Politics
  • Music Composition
  • Indian Classical Music
  • Turkish Music and Ottoman Classical Music

Curriculum Vitae

Jeremy Woodruff is Founder and Artistic Director of Berlin School of Sound and Adjunct Professor in Sound Studies at Bard College Berlin. Previously he was Lecturer in Composition, Music Theory and Sound Studies at the Center for Advanced Studies in Music (MIAM), Istanbul Technical University, Turkey and before that Lecturer in Composition at the KM Music Conservatory in Chennai, India. His  compositions and sound art are informed by his research in sound studies and ethnomusicology. He is a skilled and versatile performer with multiple wind instruments and electronics. He has collaborated with various artists not only on sound art but also in video, dance theater and radio works, including with Bani Abidi, Egill Sæbjörnsson, Meg Stuart and others. His radio show “Berlin School of Sound” can be heard every month on Colaboradio, FR-BB, 88,4 FM in Berlin and 90,7 FM in Potsdam, Germany.

His writings have been published by Klangzeitort (Berlin), Interference: A Journal of Audio Culture, Journal of Sonic Studies, KunstMusik, Seismograf, Sruti Magazine, Verlag für Moderne Kunst(Nürnberg), Bloomsbury Press, Les Presses du Réel and by Errant Bodies Press. His sound art has been presented in various galleries, including the KW Berlin, AD Gallery Bremen, Kasa Gallery Istanbul and Art Bangaluru in Bangalore, India. His concert works have been commissioned by Ensemble Decibel (London), Hezarfen Ensemble (Istanbul), Kammerensemble Neue Musik, Deutschen Kammerorchester Berlin and others. He is a founding member of the Errant Sound collective in Berlin, where he was co-founder and curator of the Dystopie Sound Art Festival since 2018. (

Selected Publications

  • Forthcoming edited volume, Haunted Soundscapes: Transcultural Perspectives on Music, Sound and Power in Turkey, on Routledge Press next year
  • “Composing Sociality: Toward an Aesthetics of Transition Design”, Chapter 2 in The Bloomsbury Handbook of Sound Art
  • “Remaking Pittsburgh: Permaculture Soundscapes”, Journal of Sonic Studies, Issue 7
  • “Tonal Discrepancies and Cognitive Dissonance in Peter Ablinger’s ‘Voices and Piano: Angela Davis'”, KunstMusik 16
  • A Voice in the Dark: Subversive Sounds of the Living Newspapers and the Flint Sit-Down Strike of 1936-37, Interference Journal, Issue 3
  • “Gamaka Box: A Powerful System of Notation”, Sruti Magazine, October, 2016