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dhr. M.J. (Melle) Kromhout MA

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
    Capaciteitsgroep Muziekwetenschap
  • Bezoekadres
    BG 2
    Nieuwe Doelenstraat 16-18  Amsterdam
  • Postadres:
    Nieuwe Doelenstraat  16-18
    1012 CP  Amsterdam

Melle Jan Kromhout (Amsterdam, 1984) is Postdoctoral Research fellow at the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Music and guest researcher at the University of Amsterdam. As part of the ERC-funded project Sound and Materialism in the 19th Century, his project entitled ‘Infinite Oscillations. A Sonic History of Fourier Analysis and Sine Wave,’ deals with the development of the physical concepts of Fourier analysis and sine waves and their importance for the study of sound and music in the first half of the nineteenth century, as well as the defining role they played in the development of modern sonic and musical cultures.

He completed his PhD thesis Noise ResonanceTechnological Sound Reproduction and the Logic of Filtering at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam in 2017. It offers an extensive conceptual revaluation of the role of noise and distortion in sound and music. Based on a detailed media archaeological analysis of analogue and digital sound technologies, I show how the noise and distortion introduced by the operations of technical media has been fundamental for shaping the specific sound of music in the media age.

Other activities


  • Kromhout, M. J. (2015). ‘Antennas Have Long Since Invaded Our Brains’: Listening to the ‘Other Music’ in Friedrich Kittler. In S. van Maas (Ed.), Thresholds of Listening: Sound, Technics, Space. (pp. 89-104). New York: Fordham University Press. [details]


  • Kromhout, M. (2014). An Exceptional Purity of Sound: Noise Reduction Technology and the Inevitable Noise of Sound Recording. Journal of Sonic Studies, 7[details] [PDF]


  • Kromhout, M. J. (2012). As distant and close as can be. Lo-fi recording: site-specificity and (in)authenticity. Soundscapes, 15(Autumn 2012). [details]


  • Kromhout, M. J. (2011). 'Over the ruined factory there’s a funny noise': Throbbing Gristle and the mediatized roots of noise in/as music. Popular music and society, 34(1), 23-34. DOI: 10.1080/03007766.2011.539814 [details]


  • Kromhout, M. (2009). As distant and close as can be: lo-fi recording: site-specificity and (in)authenticity. In ARP 2009 proceedings: the Fifth Annual Art of Record Production Conference hosted by the Division of Music and Sound, ATRiuM, University of Glamorgan, Cardiff, S. Wales on November 13th-15th 2009. [S.l.]: Association For The Study Of The Art Of Record Production. [details] [PDF]


  • Kromhout, M. J. (2012). Noise. Sound. Media. Revaluing noise in the media-age. Abstract from Supersonix Conference, . [details]


  • Kromhout, M. J. (2017). Noise resonance: Technological sound reproduction and the logic of filtering [details / files]

Media optreden

  • Kromhout, Melle (27-05-2016): Ruis in de muziek: niet langer zoeken naar zuiver geluid [Radio] VPRO Nooit Meer Slapen. Ruis in de muziek: niet langer zoeken naar zuiver geluid.
  • Kromhout, Melle (18-04-2014): De Rol Van Ruis In Muziek [Radio] Radio Swammerdam. De rol van ruis in muziek.


  • Rutten, E. (organiser) & Kromhout, M.J. (organiser) (18-6-2015): Noise in the Gallery workshop, Allard Pierson Museum/UvA, Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).


  • Kromhout, M.J. (speaker) (4-10-2013): The Exceptional Purity of Sound: Noise Reduction and the (dys)functionality of noise in recorded music, Functional Sounds: 1st International Conference of the European Sound Studies Association, Berlin.
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