Hasso-Plattner-InstitutSDG am HPI
Hasso-Plattner-InstitutDSG am HPI

Sonic Thinking - Artistic Research into Sound (Sommersemester 2022)

Dozent: Dr. Julia von Thienen , Dr. Marisol Jimenez (Internet-Technologien und -Systeme)

Allgemeine Information

  • Semesterwochenstunden: 2
  • ECTS: 3
  • Benotet: Ja
  • Einschreibefrist: 01.04.2022 - 30.04.2022
  • Prüfungszeitpunkt §9 (4) BAMA-O: 20.06.2022
  • Lehrform: Seminar
  • Belegungsart: Wahlpflichtmodul
  • Lehrsprache: Englisch

Studiengänge, Modulgruppen & Module

IT-Systems Engineering MA
  • Professional Skills
    • HPI-PSK-KO Kommunikation
  • Professional Skills
    • HPI-PSK-DTA Design Thinking Advanced
Data Engineering MA
Digital Health MA
Cybersecurity MA


This class takes place on Mondays, 3:15 - 4:45 pm (first session on April 25).

The class is normally held in person, with a possibility of joining remotely. The first session takes place online.

Room: H-51./52. (HPI main building, ground floor)

Online access:


Meeting ID: 686 3074 7680

Passcode: 17210913


Sonic Thinking

While the human sense of vision is harnessed a lot in human-computer interactions, opportunities arising from other human senses are much less explored. Sonic Thinking is dedicated to the auditory sense and resulting design opportunities in the field of digital engineering.

This class provides a deepened introduction concerning Artistic Research into Sound. It is taught primarily by Dr. Marisol Jimenez, with further contributions by Dr. Cobi Van Torner, Julius Holtz and others. Throughout the sessions, Dr. Julia von Thienen invites reflections on implications of Artistic Research into Sound, especially regarding creativity and innovation opportunities emerging in digital engineering. The creative projects conducted by students in class are facilitated  jointly by Marisol and Julia.

In the morning (Mondays, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm), the Sonic Thinking team offers a complementary class taught primarily by Dr. Henrik von Coler, with a focus on Computer Music Basics. You can choose to take one or both of these classes.

You can read more about the Sonic Thinking group and find some project examples here.


Artistic Research into Sound

How can sound-making inform and inspire alternative processes with creative outputs? Artistic research is a specific approach of research from the arts perspective. This class focuses on the materiality of thought in action, learning by making. It provides essential knowledge, skills, and experiences to develop a creative sonic project individually or collaboratively. At the end of the course, there will be a collective sound presentation with the combined sonic creations from all participating students.


There are no prerequisites for attending this class. 


Your major work in this class will be a creative project, which you develop in the broad area of sound and digital engineering. You can conduct the creative project alone or in teams. You can conduct one bigger project across the two Sonic Thinking classes on Monday if you like. It is also possible to continue a previous project pursued in a Neurodesign or Sonic Thinking class.   

The final grade will be determined as follows:

Your Creative Project

  • 20% first project presentation
  • 20% final project presentation
  • 30% final project submission including documented source code (deadline 30.9.22)

In-Class Topics

  • 15% artistic method competence
  • 15% exploration with the approaches discussed in class


(Minor changes in the schedule might still occur.)

25 of April - Introduction  - Flux & Materiality of Sound (first session takes place ONLINE, you will benefit from good headphones)
2 of May - Sonic artistic research - Thinking through making
9 of May - Soundscapes and soundscape composition
16 of May -  Acoustic Ecology- (Julius Holtz)
23 of May -  Acoustic archeology as artistic research (Cobi Van Tonder)
30 of May - Designing with Spatial Sound (Julius Holtz)
6 of June - No class (Pfingsten)
13 of June -  Weaving sonic metaphors  
20 of June - First student presentations
27 of June -  Interactive Sound (Cobi Van Tonder)
4 of July -  Artistic research in Sound Art
11 of July - Artistic research in Music
18 of July - Sonic artistic research - Improvisational techniques
25 of July - Final student presentations

30 of September Final Project Submissions: up to this date, class attendees can submit their project documentation including code