• Marcel Cobussen Leiden University, Faculty of Humanities, Academу of Creative and Performing Arts
Keywords: Sonic Materialism, Sound Studies, listening, auditory ontoepistemology, New Materialism, relationalism, human and nonhuman agents


Since the turn of the millennium, philosophy has been enriched with a new “-ism”: New Materialism. However, as usual in most philosophical movements, this New Materialism is grounded in a visual paradigm and the existence of (static) objects. In order to further develop the ideas that contribute to a Sonic Materialism such as the ones conceptualized by – among others – Christoph Cox and Salomé Voegelin, I will present an Auditory Ontoepistemology as an alternative way to encounter the world.

Author Biography

Marcel Cobussen, Leiden University, Faculty of Humanities, Academу of Creative and Performing Arts

Marcel Cobussen is Full Professor of Auditory Culture and Music Philosophy at Leiden University (the Netherlands). He studied jazz piano at the Conservatory of Rotterdam and Art and Cultural Studies at Erasmus University, Rotterdam (the Netherlands). Cobussen is author of several books, among them Engaging With Everyday Sounds (OBP 2022), The Field of Musical Improvisation (LUP 2017), Music and Ethics
(Ashgate 2012/Routledge 2017, co-author Nanette Nielsen), and Thresholds. Rethinking Spirituality Through Music (Ashgate 2008). He is editor of The Bloomsbury Handbook of Sonic Methodologies (Bloomsbury 2020, co-editor Michael Bull), The Routledge Companion to Sounding Art (Routledge 2016, co-editors Barry
Truax and Vincent Meelberg) and Resonanties. Verkenningen tussen kunsten en wetenschappen (LUP 2011).  He is editor-in-chief of the open access online Journal of Sonic Studies ( His PhD dissertation Deconstruction in Music (Erasmus University Rotterdam 2002) is presented as an online website
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