About

The Institute for Sound and Music e.V. is a Berlin-based non-profit organization dedicated to the culture of Sound, Immersive Art, and Electronic Music.

Presently, the ISM is raising support and awareness for its ultimate goal to establish a new and permanent home for a cutting-edge museum experience in Berlin, through a series of three global touring exhibitions. 

ISM Timeline

  • 2017
  • 2018
  • 2019
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  • 2020
  • 2021
  • 2023

2017

2017 - ISM Founded

The organization hosted its first annual Members Meeting in August, 2016. In January, 2017, the Institute for Sound and Music e.V. was registered as an official non-profit eingetragene verein, under German law.

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2018

ISM HEXADOME, Berlin

The Hexadome premieres as a new format featuring 9 installations and performances by outstanding international contemporary artists from the sound, immersive art, and visual disciplines in the Atrium of Berlin’s Martin-Gropius-Bau.

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2019

ISM Hexadome, San Francisco

The US premiere of the ISM Hexadome installation in partnership with Gray Area Festival, San Francisco

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2019

ISM Hexadome, Montreal

MAC Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal as part of the 20th anniversary of the MUTEK Montréal festival

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2020

THIS IS SOUND | ISM Exhibition 2020

The second major exhibition by ISM where sound plays as much of a role in modern life as visual architecture.

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2021

ENTER THE MUSIC | ISM Exhibition 2021

The third major exhibition planned by ISM focuses on the music experience and will premiere in 2021.

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2023

ISM Berlin Location Established

Following the conclusion of three major exhibitions, ISM will establish a permanent location for artists, musicians and the general public in Berlin.

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Admin Team

The core team is a community of dedicated individuals, living in Berlin, working in the field of sound, art and technology, who share the common goal for creating a permanent space for: sound and human experience, immersive art, technology (science) and electronic music.

  • NICHOLAS MEEHAN

    Chairman

    Director of FEED, Partner at KW Institute for Contemporary Art. Musician, Music/Sound Technologist, ISM Concept Founder

  • Brendan Power

    Deputy chairman

    Former Berlin Nightclub Manager, Sociologist, Journalist, ISM Concept Founder

  • Marie-Kristin Meier

    Vice Chairman

    Music Science Graduate, Research Associate and Curator at ZKM from 2014-2016, guest lecturer at Hocschule für Gestaltung (HfG) Karlsruhe.

  • BEN FAWKES

    Vice Chairman

    Content Manager, Soundcloud (former), Deezer (current).

  • CLEMENS MIEGEL

    Treasurer | Legal

    Bar Association Berlin Member, Partner at Otto & Miegel Accountancy & Law Firm

  • KLAUS H. TEUSCHLER

    Project Coordinator

    Former Project Manager and Curator at the Jewish Museum Berlin, Event Booker and PR Manager at night club Pratersauna in Vienna

  • MARTYN ROBERTS

    Development, Communications

    Founder and Technical Lead, Squareball Digital GmbH, a digital product team in Berlin

  • MEA LIEDL

    Press Relations

    Key Account Manager and Artist Relations for Bitwig GmbH.





Advisory Board

We have an extended board of members who act as advisors and experts, recognized for their contribution in several areas of art and technology.

  • DANIEL MILLER

    Daniel Miller is a British DJ and music producer who founded influential indie label Mute Records in 1978.

  • MO LOSCHELDER

    Curator Heroines of Sound, Berlin Influencer, Booking Agent Media Loca, Activist for Gender Equality in Music, and Refugee Rights

  • MATTHEW HERBERT

    Distinguished London-based Composer, Director New Radiophonic Workshop.

  • FRANK BRETSCHNEIDER

    German electronic musician, co-founder of Chemnitz-based experimental label, raster-noton.

  • NED BECKETT

    Director and senior agent of international booking agency, LittleBig, and founder of the Leisure System record label.

  • DANIEL MAAS

    Creative Director at Facts and Fiction GmbH, live communication agency in Berlin.

  • LUIS-MANUEL GARCIA

    Ethnomusicologist University of Birmingham, Music Writer, Max Planck Institute Fellow

  • TOBY GÖTZ

    Co-founder of Berlin-based digital design and motion graphics studio, Pfadfinderei. Sound artist and gear expert, working with analog synthesizers.

  • DOUGLAS SUROWITZ

    Founding member of FEED GmbH, and active supporter of art and community-based US/DE initiatives.

  • ULI SCHÖBERL

    Interactive Art Director, Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA, USA

  • HONZA TAFFELT

    Co-founder of Berlin-based digital design and motion graphics studio, Pfadfinderei. Multidisciplinary media and design artist, international lecturer, and graduate of Universität der Künste, Berlin.

  • ALEXANDER LJUNG

    SoundCloud Co-founder and CEO, Consultant, Speaker, Sound Designer, Producer.

  • ANNIKA WEYHRICH

    Global PR Manager at Native Instruments, Cultural & Gender Studies HU Berlin, Guest Lecturer at University of Arts Berlin (UdK)

  • Joanna Petkiewicz

    Former Programme Manager at Spitalfields Music, London; Producer at Artichoke, London; Dramaturg & Curator at Berliner Festspiele/Gropius Bau.

Our Partners

The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach. We promote knowledge of the German language abroad and foster international cultural cooperation.

Berlin-based design and motion graphics studio specializing in creative services for stage entertainment, large-format media installations, tradeshows and events.

Designing, supplying and producing furniture in Berlin for modern working and living.

MUTE is the recording label originally founded by Daniel Miller in 1978

The ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe is a unique cultural institution worldwide, because it is a place that expands the original tasks of the museum.

Meyer Sound Laboratories manufacture self-powered loudspeakers, multichannel audio show control systems and electro acoustic architecture.

The Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Directorate K, is comprised of four divisions and supported by three service units: finances, personnel and internal services, and IT and communication management.

A modern promoter of cultural events with a unique structure: it simultaneously implements exhibitions at the Martin Gropius Bau as well as performances at its festivals, academy programmes and guest production series.

The Federal Cultural Foundation supports projects in the field of arts and culture within the scope of federal competence.

Norient researches new music from around the globe and mediates it multi-modally via various platforms.

Global online audio distribution platform, based in Berlin.

Martin-Gropius-Bau, originally a museum of applied arts and a listed historical monument since 1966, is a well-known Berlin exhibition hall located at 7 Niederkirchnerstraße in Berlin-Kreuzberg.

A digital product studio who focus on leading technologies and creative processes, based in Berlin and Manchester

Resolume is an instrument for VJs, AV performers and video artists.

HEDD | Heinz Electrodynamic Designs are a Berlin based manufacturer of analog state-of-the-art studio monitors for all segments of music production, broadcast and installation.

An online medium and a platform for contemporary culture and society.

Berlin-based platform for female pioneers and women of the current electronic music scene, crossing bridges between genres.

Functioning as a network covering the overlapping border areas of pop, art and science, raster-noton is an influential German electronic music record label established in 1999, based in Chemnitz.

Cologne and Berlin-based live communication agency, with a focus on world class events, trade fairs, exhibitions and multimedia installations.