Derek Holzer

sound art technology instructor

Based in
Berlin, Germany
Also teaches in Willing to travel in Europe and elsewhere if travel paid
Derek Holzer | sound art technology instructor

Rates: EUR 30 per hour, or by arrangement

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Derek Holzer (1972) is an American sound artist living in Berlin, whose current interests include DIY analog electronics, sound art, field recording and the meeting points of electroacoustic, noise, improv and extreme music. He has played live experimental sound, as well as taught workshops in Pure Data and electronics, across Europe, North America, Brazil and New Zealand.

You can see a recent video interview about Holzer's approach to electronics here:

More information about his work can be found at:


My workshops, mentoring and private lessons are aimed at artists and musicians who are interested in utilizing free & open source software for sound and multimedia, computer programming for live sound performance, sensors as live interfaces, DIY electronics construction, field recording and/or audio post-production in their work.

This often works best when you have a specific project in mind already, and when that project can't be realized with "off the shelf" solutions.

PLEASE NOTE: If you're looking for someone to teach ProTools, Ableton Live, DJing, band mixing or similar "mainstream" music production skills, I'm probably not the right person.


I am a writer and moderator of the manuals for two free + open source audio/multimedia softwares, Pure Data and Ardour, for the FLOSS Manuals project, and use them frequently for teaching:


In addition to the nearly 100 workshops I have taught in the last decade, I have been a fellow at the KHM/Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln (Cologne DE), STEIM (Amsterdam NL) and DIEM/Danish Institute for Electro-acoustic Music (Aarhus DK).

References from academic, workshop and private students and employers available on request.


UPDATE (11.06.12): An unusually high amount of private students coming to me through School of Everything have canceled or lost contact at the last minute, often after I have reserved time and even once after I had booked travel(!). Therefore, I now require a 25% deposit from you once we agree on the number of contact hours in order to keep your reservation.


Aimed at: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.
Online teaching offered


I require a 25% deposit from you once we agree on the number of contact hours in order to keep your reservation.

Materials costs for electronics projects are the responsibility of the student, although I am happy to assist with order parts.

When traveling for a workshop, the inviting students/hosts are responsible for travel and accommodation costs unless otherwise arranged. A normal exception would be if I am already invited by an institution or school to teach at the same location during the same time.

If the time you are interested in is longer than one or two sessions, or if it involves any travel, please make sure this is arranged (and deposit paid) at least one month in advance to guarantee my availability.

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