Audio Production for the Moving Image - Possibilities & Limitations: A 2-day Listening School

17.07. – 18.07.2014 / Eyes & Ears Academy, Cologne

​"Hearing is a physiological phenomenon; listening, on the other hand, is a psychological act" says Roland Barthes.

With the integration of an audio track in a (moving) image is something new created – something that is apparently more than the simple sum of its parts. Our brain makes connections to our past, our memories and expectations. This is exactly where the fascination of sound film comes from: The experience intensifies, the viewer is emotionalised.

But why does it work so well on some AV productions and with almost identical other projects it doesn't? As part of the Eyes & Ears Academy listening-awareness is sharpened using numerous audio-visual examples. In addition, Lecturer Prof. Maximilian Kock will introduce participants closer to the meaning of the soundtrack – especially the sound design and audio production.

The two-day event organized by Eyes & Ears of Europe and SUPER RTL in Cologne offers an overview of

    -The basics of hearing as well as the audiology and psychoacoustics

    -Listening as "space and time sense" of the people

    -The sound design for audio-visual media - historically and conceptually

This event organized by Eyes & Ears of Europe and DW is aimed primarily at employees of media and communication companies, (post) production firms, design studios, agencies and consultancies. Persons interested in the media, students and trainees are also very welcome.


Maximilian Kock, Professor of Audio Production, Study Course Media Techniques and production University of Applied Sciences Amberg-Weiden

Born 1965, Studies of Sound and Image Techniques in Dusseldorf (Dipl. Eng.). Sound Engineer at Deutschlandfunk in Cologne, Radio NRW in Oberhausen and Video Editor for Music Videos in Rockamerica Studios in New York City. From 1994 to 2001 Head of Music/Audio Design department at ProSieben. From 2001 to 2008 Executive Producer Audiodesign at ProSiebenSat.1 Production in Unterföhring. Since 1 December 2008 Professor of Audio Production at the University of Applied Sciences Amberg-Weiden (HAW) in Study CourseMedia Techniques and production. Since 2009 Head of the Working Group 'Audio' at Eyes & Ears of Europe.

Programme: Thursday, 17 July 2014



Head of Communication & Press SUPER RTL, Cologne

Corinna Kamphausen, CEO Eyes & Ears of Europe, Cologne

​11.15​Introduction of the participants

The human ear – The sensory organ for space and time




Psychoacoustics I: A new science?


Lunch break


Psychoacoustics II: Limitations and Problems




Psychology of listening: Listening and remebering

​16.30Audio production I: Several audio levels, but only one image level?

Audio production II: Some tricks of the audio producers


End of Day 1

Programme: Friday, 18 July 2014

09.00Get together​

Digression: The multi-channel sound – a technique with many (historical) disharmonies


Sound design for film – Why do scenes affect us? An acoustic analysis




Sound design I:

Music, the emotional component


Lunch break


Sound design II:

Noise, the real component




Sound design III:

Speech, the informative component


Final discussion & evaluation

​17.30​End of the event




Maximilian Kock

​Prof. Maximilian Kock

Registration form (PDF)

​Programme (PDF)​

Registration deadline: 11 July 2014

No. of participants: max. of 16


Eyes & Ears of Europe
Mozartstr. 3-5
D-50674 Köln

How to register

For your binding registration, please send your registration form via eMail to or Fax to +49 221 60605711.


  • € 350,- Eyes & Ears members
  • € 75,- Eyes & Ears members / pupils, students, trainees who are personally members of EEofE or pupils, students, trainees of an institutional member of EEofE Europe
  • € 990,- non-members
  • € 150,- non-members / pupils, students, trainees

The fees must be paid within a period of one week after receiving the invoice by means of bank transfer. Accommodation and catering costs are not included in the participation fees.