Dr. Kai Siedenburg

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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, vice versa, regard auditory perception as a critical determinant of musical culture. We conduct psychoacoustic experiments, develop music perception models, and design music processing algorithms. Please see our Research page to learn more about current projects and the Events page for past and upcoming activities.


  • [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. 
  • [Aug 2021] Lab presents 4 papers at annual DAGA meeting in Vienna. [We had a great time!]
  • [Mar 2021] New paper accepted for Frontiers in Psychology: "Tracking musical voices in JS Bach's The Art of the Fugue". We study musical scene analysis under realistic conditions using a new task that demonstrates the importance of timbral heterogeneity for hearing out individual voices from a mixture [even if as enginiously composed as by Bach]. 



  • 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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