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Voice anthropologist

We research into the voice - passing through it

Voice anthropology as an applied science is my way to do research on the voice - which performs a paramount function of orientation towards human life - in a practical and theoretical way and also to develop and coin interdisciplinary practical and theoretical terms on the voice. By researching into the sound of the voice we gain knowledge and understanding of the voice and the human being.
» Lecture on Voice and Movement (on Vimeo)

A summary of the basic research on methodology and practice of "applied anthropology of the voice" is given in my monograph "Stimmklang und Freiheit - zur auditiven Wissenschaft des Körpers", published by transcript, Bielefeld, in April 2013
» transcript verlag

At the Carrer College of the University of the Arts Berlin (UdK) I offer three modules on applied anthropology of the voice every spring (March/ April). They represent the current state of inspired research and practice.
» Carrer College of the University of the Arts Berlin

Applied Anthropology of Voice and Movement will put the larynx in the center as the major organ of perceiving movement. Dancers and movers will experience a totally new coordination of their movement being guided by a sequence of synaesthetic circles. Suppressing sounds and reflexes while moving hinder the free development of one`s artistic potential. If the larynx is pulled up and fixed in pressure, coming from the trunk and the extremities, it is not able to oscillate - for this reason many voices of dancers sound rough and breathy or suppressed. On the other hand, a classical singing education demands the other extreme of a fixed  middle axis held free from inside and thus not compatible with a flexible  movement of dancing. Since the end of the 1990ies, I have worked and researched on the inner balance of voice and movement together with dancers and choreographers. Meanwhile, we can conclude that dancing and singing follow the same criteria and inner connection of the senses. If they are observed, the result will be a unique musical reflex expressing itself in a free voice and an independent, simultaneously free movement.
» Publications see below

My studies of medicine and philosophy made me become familiar with the methods of natural science as well as the humanities. Today, I do some networking with the following scientists, e.g. Historical Anthropology, Berlin (Christoph Wulf), Sound Studies (Holger Schulze), Cultures of the Performative (Doris Kolesch), Art and Neuroscience (Louise Wagner et al.), applied physiology of the voice (Lichtenberger Institute ®). In 2008, I passed a Master`s degree in anthropology of sound. I am a member of DTKV and GEDOK (» http://www.gedok-berlin.de).

Further selection of publications:

  • 2016 "Stimmklang und Bedeutung – zur auditiven Wissenschaft des Körpers,
    Im Zwischenraum" in "Diskurse des Sonalen", Britta Herrman et al. (Hg.)
    Universitätsverlag Münster (in print)
  • 2016 "Die Körper des Stimmklangs - eine Skizze in Bewegung"
    in „Intercorporeity, Movement and Tacit Knowledge – Zwischenleiblichkeit und bewegtes Verstehen”,
    Undine Eberlein (Hg.), transcript, Bielefeld (in print)
  • 2016 "Freed Voice - Voce in Libertà" in Anthropology of Sound. The Senses and Society 11 (2016),
    no. 1 (forthcoming), Holger Schulze, Michael Bull (Eds.), Engl.
  • 2015 "Die Körper des Stimmklangs - eine Skizze zur angewandten Stimmanthropologie"
    in "VOX humana", Jahrgang 11.2 / 06.2015, S.8-10.
  • 2013 RheingoldResonanzen dt. & engl.
  • 2013 "Stimmklang und Freiheit - zur auditiven Wissenschaft des Körpers",
    transcript, Bielefeld 2013. » direct link
  • 2012 „Stimmklang und Bedeutung – Fünf Perspektiven auf den
    resonierenden Körper – oder: Was singt mir, die ich höre in meinem
    Körper das Lied?“ in „Situation und Klang.
    Zeitschrift für Semiotik Bd. 34, Heft 1-2“,
    Holger Schulze (ed.), Stauffenburg Verlag, Tübingen 2012.
  • 2012 "Von der Substanz des Hörens" in „Gespür. Empfindung. Kleine Wahrnehmungen.
    Sound Studies Bd.3“, Holger Schulze (ed.), transcipt, Bielefeld 2012.
  • 2012 "Hören? – Pädoyer für eine auditive Wissenschaft"
    in "Musik-Stadt. Traditionen und Perspektiven urbaner Musikkulturen. Band 2"
    Helmut Loos, Sebastian Klotz (eds.), Gudrun Schröder Verlag, Leipzig 2012.
  • 2009 "Funktionaler Stimmklang – ein Prozess mit Nachhalligkeit“
    in „Funktionale Klänge. Sound Studies Bd.2 “,
    Georg Spehr (ed.), transcript, Bielefeld 2009.