Berlin - Music and Sound in the Digital Age, Short Course | Freie Universität Berlin | Berlin, Germany
1 months
1300 EUR/full
1300 EUR/full
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The Berlin - Music and Sound in the Digital Age course at Freie Universität Berlin will explore the relationship between aesthetic trends and technological developments with the focus on the cultural and economic conditions in Berlin.

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About the course

Particular emphasis in this Berlin - Music and Sound in the Digital Age course at Freie Universität Berlin  will be made on the past and present of techno, (experimental) electronica and electronic dance music. What makes Berlin a magnet not only for thrill-seeking club-goers, but also for DJs, musicians, producers and developers?

How does this relate to the recent past of Berlin since the fall of the Berlin Wall, especially given the gentrification processes? To what extent is Berlin's creative scene at the same time internationally networked and can its conditions only be understood in a global context?

Beyond the Berlin perspective, the course examines the current conditions of production and consumption as well as the performance and distribution of music. How do legal/illegal file sharing and streaming services affect listening to music? What is changing in music culture through sampling, remixing, mashup and approaches to interactive music in video games? What opposing trends are out there?

And last but not least: To what extent has the time of the pandemic in 2020/21 changed the conditions of production, distribution and consumption of music – in Berlin and globally?


Wheelchair-accessible housing is available upon request. Please see our website for a full description of the furnished single-occupancy studio apartment and note that the registration deadline for this housing option is one month before the regular registration deadline!

Programme Structure

Topics include:

  • Term 'digital age'
  • Distinction between analog/digital
  • Music and sound
  • Is there a 'sound of Berlin'?
  • The history of 'analog' and 'digital' music devices and sound-recording media
  • Developments in the distribution and consumption of music: legal/illegal file sharing, streaming services, blogs and self-promotion
  • What is sound art?

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 1 months

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Students should be able to speak and read English at the upper intermediate level (B2) or higher. No prior knowledge is required but the willingness to think beyond the usual framings on migration. 

Required language skills

The language of instruction is English. Language proficiency on an advanced Intermediate level (Mittelstufe II) is a prerequisite for participation. For orientation purposes, you can assess your language skills via the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1300 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1300 EUR for the full programme during 1 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1300 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1300 EUR for the full programme during 1 months.

Program fee: 300 EUR (250 EUR incl. early bird discount)

Living costs for Berlin

836 - 1340 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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