Dr. Marcel Cobussen

Prof. in Auditory Culture at Leiden University, NL, editor Journal of Sonic Studies

Marcel Cobussen Professor of Auditory Culture, Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University  Academy of Creative and Performing Arts

At the age of 4 I listened to all the sounds of the small village where I grew up. We didn’t have television yet, and the radio was only turned on to hear the news and the weather forecast.

At the age of 14 I had my first encounters with all kinds of rock music: glam rock, hard rock, symphonic rock, jazz rock. First came Mud, then Deep Purple, followed by Yes and Genesis, before I dedicated my ears to Gong, Magma, and the Mahavishnu Orchestra.

At the age of 24 I was studying jazz piano at the Rotterdam Conservatory. I got acquainted with Bill Evans, Thelonius Monk, and my favorite, Paul Bley.