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David is a passionate musicologist as well as being a sound and media scientist with a broad research interest. Not a day goes by that he doesn't think about the influence of technology on our environment and society, as you can see in his publications. And because science cannot be reduced to written text, scientific cooperation and the collaborative production of knowledge is an integral part of his academic life, which is why talks and oral presentations are essential in his evaluation.

Research Interest

David’s research field is primarily focused on the investigation of (auditory) media technologies and is driven by an interdisciplinary approach between art, science, and philosophy. His current PhD project (Phenomenology of Bionic Sensation) investigates the relationship between sound perception and the sense of hearing based on the hearing device cochlear implant. David’s research interest covers media art and the investigation of creativity in times of artificial intelligence, quantum theory, and cognitive science. This includes a techno-philosophical exploration of processing, manipulating, and realising sonic sound events and artificially generated voices, such as the Vocaloid Hatsune Miku.


To understand the impact of media and sound, one needs a comprehensive knowledge of technology, an understanding of systems and their relationships, economic factors from the extraction of the raw materials (that are crucial to the 'construction' of technology) to economic policy conditions and culture and its histories. The following publications represent this encompassing research approach.


”Cyborg Voice – Der Auto-Tune Effekt als Klangästhetik des Humanoiden. Ein medienarchäologisches Statement“ [The Auto-Tune effect as a sound aesthetic of the humanoid. A media archaeological statement]. In: Wissen im Klang. Neue Wege der Musikästhetik, ed. José Gálvez, Jonas Reichert & Elizaveta Willert, 163–78. Bielefeld: Transcript. [Overview in En]


”Xenodigital Storage. Zu Gast im fremden System“ [Guest in a foreign system]. In: Institut für Musikwissenschaft und Medienwissenschaft. Hausarbeiten & Essays. Link.[Overview in En]


Pay. Play. Repeat. Die medienkulturelle Zeitgestalt des Münzphonographen in den USA, 1889–1896 [The media-cultural time form of the coin-operated phonograph in the USA, 1889–1896]. Bachelor Thesis 2018. Link. [Overview in En]

”Das operative Ohr. Abseits der Akustik“ [The Operating Ear. Beyond Acoustics]. In: Institut für Musikwissenschaft und Medienwissenschaft. Hausarbeiten & Essays. Link. [Overview in En]



”Das Medienschöne. Evolution der Ästhetik“ [The Medienschöne. Evolution of aesthetics]. In: Institut für Musikwissenschaft und Medienwissenschaft. Hausarbeiten & Essays. Link. [Overview in En]

Geistervorlesung. Techniknahe Analyse in Zeiten der Pandemie [Ghost Lecture. Technological analysis in times of pandemic], Wolfgang Ernst (author), ed. Thomas Fecker & David Friedrich, Glückstadt: vwh.


As Editor

As Author

The Duality of Sound. Eine medienwissenschaftliche Zeitkritik des sonischen Signalwesens. [A Media Scientific Critique of the Temporality of Sonic Signals]. Master Thesis 2021, Link. [Overview in En].



11th International Scientific Meeting for Sound, Music and Musical Instrument Studies.

Let’s talk about the Cochlear Implant and its impact on our understanding of sound.

Coimbra / Portugal.

July 21-24, 2023.

NOVA Contemporary Music Meeting.

“Beyond Acoustics: The Impact of Cochlear Implants on Sound Perception“.

NOVA FCSH (Lisbon / Portugal).

May 3-5, 2023.

Department of Communication and Media Studies

“The Cochlear Implant: A Media Theory about its Influence on Human Sensory Experience“.

UWA (Perth / Australia).

February 10, 2023.

Arts and Humanities in Digital Transition 2023

“Beyond Biology: The Impact of Neurotechnology on Human Sensory Experience“.

NOVA FCSH (Lisbon / Portugal).

July 6-7, 2023.

Conservatorium of Music

“Hearing like a hammerhead shark? How a techno-philosophical investigation of the cochlear implant alters our understanding of sound perception.“.

UWA (Perth / Australia).

March 28, 2023.

Medien, Die Wir Meinen

“Let’s talk about the technológos of the cochlear implant“.

Humbolt University (Berlin / Germany).

February 08, 2023.


Musicological Society of Australia. Western Australia Chapter Conference.

“There is no Natural Hearing“.

UWA Conservatorium of Music (Perth / Australia). November 28, 2022.

Diminished Faculties: A Political Phenomenology of Impairment by Jonathan Sterne (book presentation)

Panelist (invited) together with Mara Mills & Neta Alexander

Online (USA /EUROPE / AUS)

June 20, 2022 (Link to record)

Akustische Dokumente/ Sonic Documents

"Wax & Coins. Das Phonogram im Zeitalter der mechanischen Reproduzierbarkeit“ [The Phonogram in the Age of Mechanical Reproducibility]

Bochum (Germany)

January 18, 2019

Technologies of Singing

“Wax & Nickels“

Detmold (Germany)

Novermber 2, 2018.

EMSD Forum

"Live. Recording. Sound— A (personal) Journey to our understanding of sound“

UWA Conservatorium of Music (Perth / Australia)

August 03, 2022.

Medien, die wir meinen

“The Duality of Sound“

Berlin (Germany)

February 17, 2021 [via Zoom]

31st. DVSM-Symposium

”Cyborg Voice. Die Klang-Ästhetik des Humanoiden als Diskursfigur“ [The sound aesthetics of the humanoid as a discourse figure]

Berlin (Germany)

November 19, 2018.

Game Circuit #18

“Ludus Computatoriu. Das Spiel im Schatten der Maschine“ [The game in the shadow of the machine]

Berlin (Germany)

May 12, 2017.

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