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Thomas Görne

Thomas Görne

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Audio Fields:

  • Recording Industry - Post Production
  • Recording Industry - Music Recording/Mix Studio
  • Recording Industry - Film/Video Sound
  • Recording Industry - Location Sound Recording
  • Acoustics, Psychoacoustics, Hearing - Architectural Acoustics
  • Acoustics, Psychoacoustics, Hearing - Musical Acoustics
  • Product Design & Manufacturing - Research & Development
  • Educational Institutions - Educator

Job Duties:

  • Educator
  • Acoustician
  • Mixer
  • Production Sound Mixer/Sound Recordist
  • Recording Engineer
  • Re-Recording Mixer
  • Researcher
  • Sound Designer


Educator, Acoustician, Engineer, mostly interested in perception, communication, and the emotional impact of sound.
Professor of Sound Design and Head of the Sound Lab at HAW Hamburg, Visiting Professor at University of Greenwich. Guest lectures at HdM Stuttgart, HfM Detmold, HfG Karlsruhe, Einstein Forum Potsdam, CSU Long Beach, among others.
Author of several books on audio engineering and sound design, including "Mikrofone: Theorie und Praxis" (Elektor 1994, currently in th 9th edition), "Tontechnik" (Audio Engineering; Hanser 2006, currently in the 4th edition), and "Sounddesign: Klang, Wahrnehmung, Emotion" (Sound Design: Sound, Perception, Emotion; Hanser 2017).
Organizer of the annual/biannual "klingt gut! International Symposium on Sound" in Hamburg, since 2015.
AES Member since 1991, founder and Faculty Advisor of AES Hamburg Student Section.
Member of VDT and DEGA.

Non-AES Awards & Award Nominations

Excellence in Education Award of the State of Hamburg (Hamburger Lehrpreis), 2014

Education Background

High school near Hamburg, graduated 1982
Studies in Electric Engineering with a major in Acoustics
Graduated with a Dipl.-Ing. from TU Berlin in 1991

Employment History

1991 - 1993: research assistant at TU Berlin, working on artificial neural networks and pattern recognition.
1993 - 1995: Lecturer in Technical Acoustics at Telekom FH Berlin.
1999 - 2003: member of the research staff at the Department of Physics at Potsdam University, performing research on the acoustics of the organ.
2004 - 2008: Professorship at the Erich Thienhaus Institute of Detmold University of Music.
2008 - present: Professorship at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW Hamburg), head of the Sound Lab.

Related Experience

1990 - 2003: working freelance as Foley / ADR and re-recording mixer and sound engineer for german national broadcast Deutschlandradio and for a number of film post production companies, including Studio Babelsberg, Arri Contrast and Berliner Synchron, working on some 300 movies and TV series.
1992 - 2002 lecturing in Acoustics and Microphone Technology at a private institute.

Why Am I An AES Member?

I became aware of the AES as the connection to the international professional and academic communities when I was a student in the 1980's. The AES opened the opportunity to participate in this community; my first paper presentation was at the 94th Convention in 1993. Since then I am attending the Conventions and Conferences, and I try to give back what I experienced: Bringing students to the Conventions, founding a Student Section when I moved to Hamburg, organizing local and international events, connecting students in the professional community.


HAW Hamburg/Faculty of Design, Media and Information
Finkenau 35
DE-22081 Hamburg

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