Jonas Braasch

Associate Professor/Center Director, Architecture

Jonas Braasch is an acoustician, musicologist, and sound artist who teaches courses in Acoustics, Music, and the Doctoral Seminar at the School of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He obtained a master's degree from Dortmund University (Germany, 1998) in Physics and two PhD degrees from Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany (2001, 2004) in Electrical Engineering/Information Science and Musicology. Mr. Braasch is the co-founder and director of the Communication Acoustics and Aural Architecture Research Laboratory (CA3RL) which is part of RPI's Architectural Acoustics Program. His research interests include Binaural Hearing, Multi-channel Audio Technology, Telematic Music Systems, Perceptual Audio/Visual Integration, Intelligent Systems, and Musical Acoustics. Jonas Braasch (co-)authored more than 60 journal and conference papers and 3 monographs. For his work, he has received funding from the NSF, NSERC, DFG (German Science Foundation), and NYSCA. As a soprano saxophonist and sound artist, he has on-going collaborations with Curtis Bahn, Chris Chafe, Michael Century, Mark Dresser, Pauline Oliveros, Doug van Nort, and Sarah Weaver - among others. In 2006, he has been awarded with the Lothar-Cremer Prize, the highest recognition of the German Acoustical Society for young investigators.

Research Focus
  • Spatial Hearing
  • Intelligent Music Systems
Select Works
  • J. Braasch (2006) Global reflections, audio compact disk, Deep Listening Publications DL 34-2006, Kingston, NY.
  • D.L. Valente, J. Braasch (2008) Subjective Expectation Adjustments of Early-to-Late Reverberant Energy Ratio and Reverberation Time to Match Visual Environmental Cues of a Musical Performance. Acta Acustica united with Acustica, S. Hirzel Verlag, 94, 840-855.