About Torben Sangild

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Torben Sangild, PhD, postdoc at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies at University of Copenhagen.

Publications in English

Most of my writings on music, art and philosophy are in Danish (see this), but here is a list of my English publications.

  • The Aesthetics of Noise (Datanom/UbuWeb, 2002).
  • ”Sensitive Electronics” (in Look at the Music/SeeSound, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Roskilde, 2002. ISBN 91-87258-39-0)
  • Noise - Three Musical Gestures (Journal of Music and Meaning 2, 2004)
  • ”Glitch - The Beauty of Malfunction” (in Bad Music, Routledge 2004. ISBN 0415943663) (Read more about this)
  • ”Bunuel’s Liebestod” (forthcoming, being reviewed)
  • ”The Distorted Voice - Speech, Technology and Trauma in Herbert Eimert’s sound work Epitaph für Aikichi Kuboyama (forthcoming in the anthology Technology and the Avant-Garde, 2011)
  • ”Virtual Space and Atmosphere in Electronic Music” (forthcoming i Throughout, MIT Press, 2011)

Artist’s books and catalogues in English

  • ”House of Memory” on Anette Harboe Flensburg in House of Night and Day (2006) ISBN 87-991572-0-9
  • ”Per Ahlmann”, catalogue text (2006). Also online here
  • ”Dynamic Relations” on Troels Aagaard, in 'Cracks in Reality (2007). Online version artist’s page
  • Longing for a Space Travel (book on Bjørn Poulsen, 2008). Read online version.


My main field of research is music (composed/rock/electronic), visual art (modern/avant-garde) and philosophy (phenomenology/critical theory).

Selected papers in English

  • Co-arranger of the international seminar Auditory Culture at Copenhagen University, November 2007. Paper: “The electronic Voice”
  • ”The Broken Voice - On Steve Reich’s Different Trains” at the conference Avant-Garde and Violence, Reykjavik 2007.
  • ”The Hole of the Building - Gordon Matta-Clark” at the NSU seminar Shadows, Pauses, Holes, Uppsala 2007.
  • ”Death and Disaster 1962” (on Andy Warhol, Herbert Eimert and more) at the NSU seminar 1962, Bergen 2007.
  • ”The Absurd Machine - from Duchamp to Digestion” at the NSU seminar Aesthetic Machines, Kääriku/Estonia 2006.
  • ”Dust and Noise - some Interrelations” at the NSU seminar Dust and Noise, Helsinki 2006.
  • ”The Distorted Voice – Music, Technology and Trauma” at the conference Technology and the Avant-Garde”, Stockholm 2005.
  • ”Objective Sensibility and Aesthetic Experience in Adorno” at the seminar Adorno and Aesthetic Experience, Oslo 2003.
  • ”Objectified Sensibility - aesthetic experience, emotions and contemporary art” at the PhD seminar Aesthetic Experience, Sandbjerg 2002.

Contact Torben Sangild

Send me an email at the address sangild [at] hum.ku.dk

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