Dr. Kai Siedenburg

+49 (0)441 798-3579 




Music Perception and Processing

We study how normal-hearing and hearing-impaired listeners make sense of musical sound. We consider music as a particularly exciting and challenging case of auditory perception and regard auditory perception as a critical determinant of musical culture. We conduct psychoacoustic experiments, develop auditory perception models, and design music audio processing algorithms. Please see our Research page to learn more about current projects and the Events page for past and upcoming activities.

 MUSIC & HEARING HEALTH WORKSHOP @ University of Oldenburg, Oct 6-7, 2022 - save the date!


  • [March 2022] Music & Hearing Health Survey launched together with Deutsche Orchesterverband and Deutscher Chorverband. Looking forward to the most comprehensive dataset on hearing health of German musicians to date! 
  • [March 2022] Music Perception & Processing Lab @ DAGA Stuttgart with 4 presentations by Aravindan Benjamin, Michel Bürgel, Karsten Gerdes, and Robin Hake. 
  • [Oct 2021] Our new paper Adaptive auditory brightness perception is now out at Scientific Reports. Great collaboration with Henning Schepker (@Starkey) and (former BSc student) Malin Barg. We show that whether something sounds bright or dark is strongly determined by the previous context. 


Interested in participating in one of our experiments?Click here to participate. 


  • Jan 2021: EU Research Results covers TIMPANI postdoc project by Kai Siedenburg.
  • Nov 2020: "Warum klingt Musik hart oder weich?" Kai Siedenburg interview partner for DIE SENDUNG MIT DER MAUS (ZUM HÖREN).
  • Nov 2019: NDR Info with a small radio feature of our research.
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