International Year of Sound

The International Year of Sound is a worldwide initiative to raise awareness in society of the various facets and importance of sound, tones and noises. Get an overview of our research topics, activities and events in the International Year of Sound 2020 and 2021! Get to know our experts in interviews and articles and read about what sound means in the lives of our employees.


Unfortunately, the corona crisis does not stop even before our sonorous research. Many (specialist) events and conferences were cancelled in the first half of the year. Nevertheless, we would like to present the planned topics - because sound is our passion.


Official International Year of Sound website

Sound at Fraunhofer IDMT

Researchers at Fraunhofer IDMT are dealing with very different issues and forms of sound.

Fraunhofer IDMT creates innovative solutions for industry and media from sound and artificial intelligence.
Fraunhofer IDMT creates innovative solutions for industry and media from sound and artificial intelligence.

Our research portfolio includes

  • the automatic recognition and description of music
  • the detection of manipulation in audio signals
  • the development of systems for spatial sound reproduction
  • the powerful control of tiny chip loudspeakers
  • the auralization of virtual products
  • a possibility to change room acoustics at the push of a button
  • research on aspects of human hearing
  • the automated acoustic quality assurance
  • the investigation of undesired sound.

Our "sonorous" fields of research


Virtual acoustic product development


Intelligent Control and Design of Acoustic Transducers


Object-based 3D Audio


Not all clicks are the same


Reducing Test Scrap with Automated Sound Analysis


Classification and Prediction of Urban Noise


“Everybody hears differently well”


“Better hearing - not just at parties”


"Hear How You Like to Hear"


Audio Forensics


Audio Datasets for Further Experiments


SoundsLike – Detect Similarities in Music

Trade fairs and conferences

Here you can see and above all “hear” us in 2020+.

DAGA 2021

Inter-Noise 2021

27th International Congress on Sound and Vibration, ICSV 2021

Wiley Industry Days 2021

Hannover Messe 2021

Fraunhofer Solution Days 2020

XR Expo goes virtual 2020

Forum Acusticum 2020 “MEMS Loudspeakers: tiny but with powerful sound”

Unsere Sound-Experten

"How to improve quality assurance with acoustics"

"Listen when it leaks"

Watch our video on automatic and early detection of compressed air leakages.