Andreas Aurelio Rauh Ortega


Andreas Rauh is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communications at Dublin City University. His research addresses core issues and debates regarding audio and music production, media and the cultural industries, and digital technologies used in the production, circulation, and consumption of media. He teaches in a range of modules related to media studies, audio production, and multimedia.

During his doctoral research, he investigated how grassroots electronic musicians navigate the opportunities and challenges that arise from a musical landscape undergoing important changes. The work focused on key aspects of musicians’ experiences and practices, including motivations and working conditions, learning processes and what it takes to be successful, and how musicians have adapted to the rise of online platforms as key players in music circulation, consumption, and promotion. To investigate this complex scenario he combined a micro-level analysis of musician’s everyday practices with macro-level views of the music industries and online platforms for music, thus drawing from theoretical approaches from the traditional fields of cultural studies, sociology of culture, and political economy, as well as the growing production studies and platform analysis. His work has been published in the journals Social Media + Society and Dancecult.

Alongside his academic work, Andreas Rauh is a practicing musician, sound designer, and live performer operating largely in the worlds of electronic and dance music. His most recent practice-based project was Sincronia Sonora, a series of co-created audio and visual recordings of soundscapes experienced with the Emboré indigenous community in Cachimbo, Bahia, Brazil. The project was funded by the British Council and Oi Futuro Foundation.

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2019 Hesmondhaldh, D., Jones, E., Rauh, A. (2019) 'SoundCloud and Bandcamp as Alternative Platforms'. Social Media + Society, .

Conference Publication

Year Publication
2019 Hesmondhalgh, D., Jones, E., Rauh, A (2019) International Communication Association Alternative Platforms: SoundCloud and Bandcamp
2018 Rauh, A (2018) Crosstown Conference (IASPM) 'Hear the world's sounds': a political economy approach to understand grassroots musicians' dilemmas in SoundCloud
2016 Rauh, A (2016) European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) Noise under-the-radar: local musicians, abundance, and cultural work in digital media
2015 Rauh, A (2015) Capitalism, Culture and the Media Sounds like double shift: entrepreneurship and commodification of musician's labour in digital media
2014 Rauh, A (2014) European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) Online remix contests: a window into the world of user-generated content practices and experiences in music making

Review Articles

Year Publication
2018 Andreas Rauh (2018) Popular Music, Digital Technologies and Society by Nick Prior (Review). REV [DOI]


Year Publication
2018 Andreas Rauh (2018) 'Under-the-radar' electronic dance musicians: opportunities and challenges with digital communication technologies. THES
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Start date Institution Qualification Subject
University of Leeds, UK PhD in Media and Communications
Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona MSc in Cognitive Systems and Interactive Media
Washington State University, WA, USA MA in American Studies
Universidade de São Paulo Bachelor's degree


Language Reading Writing Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
Portuguese Fluent Fluent Fluent
Spanish Fluent Basic Basic

Creative Outputs

Year Title Type
2020 Sincronia Sonora: the Toré Virtual Ritual in VR Exhibition
2019 Sincronia Sonora: binaural landscapes Exhibition
2019 Sincronia Sonora: a VR experience with the Ymboré Exhibition

Research Interests

- Cultural production, particularly popular music;
- Cultural industries and platform studies;
- Cultural labour and working conditions in the media and cultural sectors;
- Electronic dance music and dance music cultures;
- Music and technology studies

Research Projects

Title Role Description Start date End date
Sincronia Sonora Principal coordinator and Artist in residence 25/09/2019 31/01/2020

External Collaborators

Type Name Company Role
External Tom Jackson School of Media and Communication, University of Leeds Academic
External Ellis Jones RITMO Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Rhythm, Time and Motion, University of Oslo Academic
External David Hesmondhalgh School of Media and Communication, University of Leeds Academic