Jonas Braasch

Center for Cognition, Communication & Culture

Biography & Research

Jonas Braasch is a psychoacoustician, aural architect, and experimental musician. His research work focuses on functional models of the auditory system, large-scale immersive and interactive virtual reality systems, and intelligent music systems. Currently, he is interested in binaural models that can handle room reflections and simulate head movements. He is also working on an intelligent music agent, Caira, to understand and simulate human creativity in the context of Free Music improvisation. Together with Pauline Oliveros and Doug Van Nort, he regularly performs and records with the trio Triple Point, which also serves as a research platform for the Caira development.

Dr. Braasch received a Master’s Degree in Physics from the Technical University of Dortmund in 1998, and two doctoral degrees from the University of Bochum in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology in 2001 and Musicology in 2004. Afterwards, he worked as Assistant Professor in McGill University’s Sound Recording Program before joining Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2006, where he is now Associate Professor in the School of Architecture and Director of the Center for Cognition, Communication, and Culture.


J. Braasch (2011) A cybernetic model approach for Free Jazz improvisations, Kybernetes 40/7–8, 984–994.

P. Oliveros, F. López, D. Van Nort, J. Braasch (2011) Quartet for the End of Space, Pauline Oliveros, digital accordion; Francisco López (electronics), Doug Van Nort (electronics), Jonas Braasch (soprano saxophone), work contains 8 electroacoustic compositions (2 from each composer) based on improvised session material with the ensemble, audio compact disk, Pogus Records.

J. Braasch, J. Goebel, T. Vos (2010). A Cinematic Spatial Sound Display for Panorama Video Applications, Organised Sound 15(03), 260–270.

C. Abercrombie, J. Braasch (2010). A Method for Multimodal Auralization of Audio-Tactile Stimuli from Acoustic and Structural Measurements, J. Audio Eng. Soc. 58(10), 818–827.

D. Valente, J. Braasch (2010). Subjective scaling of spatial room acoustic parameters influenced by visual environmental cues, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 128(4), 1952–1964.

J. Braasch, N. Peters, D. Van Nort, P. Oliveros, C. Chafe (2010) A Spatial Display for Telematic Music Performances, in: Principles and Applications of Spatial Hearing: Proceedings of the First International Workshop on IWPASH (Y. Suzuki, D. Brungart, H. Kato (eds.) World Scientific Pub Co Inc, ISBN: 9814313874.