sam auinger – sonic thinker, composer, sound-artist. based in Berlin/Germany
Together with Bruce Odland he founded O+A in 1989. Their central theme is “hearing perspective”. Their work is known for large scale, public space sound installations. Beside his artistic work he was a guest professor at the University of the Arts in Berlin, an associate at the GSD in Harvard and in 2017 he was giving a course on “thinking with your ears” at the ACT at MIT in Cambridge. He is collaborating with city planners and architects and is a frequent participant of international symposiums on the topic of urban planning, architecture, media, the senses and sound in specific. website

Bobette Buster is currently writing/producing the feature documentary, MAKING WAVES: THE ART OF CINEMATIC SOUND, a 2017 California Humanities grantee, with Karen Johnson and director, Midge Costin (Head of the USC Sound Department). Bobette has recently been appointed Professor of the Practice of Digital Storytelling, Northeastern University, Boston. Bobette is the author of DO STORY: How To Tell Your Story So The World Listens (Do Book Co., 2013), now in its 8th printing, and available via Penguin Random House on In addition, Bobette’s “Deconstructing Master Filmmakers” has put her on the Guest Faculty of Pixar, Disney Animation, Disney Channel, Sony Animation, 20th Century Fox, the BBC, Catholic University of Milan, La Fėmis (Paris), Animation Ireland, Screen Training Ireland, North By Northwest (Denmark), and the MEGA Business Program, Spain. website

A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Hubert Ho’s music has been performed in Carnegie Hall under the Pro Musicis Foundation series and at the Kennedy Center for the Arts, D.C. A former United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts, he is a recipient of the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His scholarly interests include the relationship between music theory and psychoacoustics, and has delivered papers at various academic music conferences on the music of Martinu and Varése, and conducted research in music theory pedagogy, receiving grants to conduct research in interdisciplinary teaching and learning. website

Psyche Loui is an Assistant Professor in Psychology and in Neuroscience and Behavior at Wesleyan University, where she directs the MIND (Music, Imaging, and Neural Dynamics) Lab. Her research aims to understand and apply the network of brain functions that enable subjective experiences such as the perception, cognition, and production of music. website

Matthew McDonald is Associate Professor of Music at Northeastern University, where he directs the music theory program and teaches courses in music theory, film music, and music in media. His research focuses on music and sound in film and early twentieth-century modernist music. His book Breaking Time’s Arrow: Experiment and Expression in the Music of Charles Ives was published by Indiana University Press in 2014. He is currently writing a book on music and sound in the films of the Coen brothers.

Dietmar Offenhuber is Assistant Professor at Northeastern University in the fields of Art + Design and Public Policy. He holds a PhD in Urban Planning from MIT, Master degrees from the MIT Media Lab and TU Vienna. His research focuses on the relationship between design, technology, and governance. Dietmar is the author of the award-winning monograph “Waste is Information” (MIT Press), works as an advisor to the United Nations and published books on the subjects of Urban Data, Accountability Technologies and Urban Informatics. website