Marcus Maeder

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Marcus Maeder (born 7 December 1971, Zurich) is a sound artist, researcher and composer of electronic music. As an author, Maeder has written on a number of topics in the fields of sound art, artistic research and digital media.

Maeder studied Fine Arts at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences, Philosophy at the Fernuniversität in Hagen and currently pursues his PhD in Environmental Systems Science at ETH Zürich. He runs the music label domizil, which he co-founded in 1996 with Bernd Schurer. Maeder has worked as an editor and producer for the Swiss radio station SRF and has been working as a curator and researcher at the Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology (ICST) of the Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK since 2005. Maeder furthermore works since 2016 as a research assistant at the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL.

In his research at the ICST, Maeder is working on data sonification of ecophysiological and climatic processes and studying the acoustic and aesthetic requirements for making them perceptible. Maeder contextualises his scientific and artistic work in the fields of Acoustic and Soundscape Ecology.

On an invitation by French President François Hollande, Maeder presented his sound art installation trees: Pinus sylvestris at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference COP21.

In 2017 Maeder presented his installation AmazonFACE: Ocotea at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington - the same year where he and Roman Zweifel received an honorable mention from the STARTS Prize by the European Commission at the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz/Austria for their works under the moniker treelab.

Selected exhibitions and projects[edit]

  • 2019: Perimeter Pfynwald, Eco-Visionaries, Laboral Centro de Arte y Creation Industrial, Gijon
  • 2019: treelab, Of plants and People, Deutsches Hygienemuseum, Dresden
  • 2018: treelab, Eco-Visionaries, Haus der Elektronischen Künste, Basel
  • 2018: Sounding Soil, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern
  • 2018: Espirito da floresta/Forest spirit, Bosque da Sciencia, Manaus
  • 2017: Espirito da floresta/Forest spirit, Inter-American Development Bank IDB, Washington DC
  • 2017: treelab, Ars Electronica Festival, Linz; BOZAR, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Bruxelles
  • 2015: trees: Pinus sylvestris, UN-Klimakonferenz COP 21, Paris
  • 2014: trees: Pinus sylvestris, SoundReasons Festival, Outset India, New Delhi
  • 2014: trees: Downy Oak 2, Baum/Klang/Kunst/Mensch, Alpen Adria Universität Klagenfurt, mit Ch. Kubisch, B. Traubeck, W. Ritsch
  • 2012: trees: Downy Oak, swissnex San Francisco, Workshop in Muir Woods
  • 2011: Der Pfad zur linken Hand, Ein topografisches Hörspiel mit Jan Schacher/Jasch, Musikprotokoll Graz und Shedhalle Zürich
  • 2010: Kuratierung der Ausstellung Milieux Sonores, Grey Area Foundation, San Francisco und Kunstraum Walcheturm, Zürich
  • 2008: Sonifikationen und Kompositionen für das Nova-Lichtobjekt im Hauptbahnhof Zürich, ein Projekt der ETH Zürich
  • 2008: Die Wunschmaschinen, Surround-Hörspiel nach Deleuze/Guattari's Anti-Ödipus, 40 Jahre 1968, Frankfurt und Kunstraum Walcheturm, Zürich
  • 2007: Davos Soundscape, eine topografische Komposition mit Jan Schacher/Jasch, Davos Festival 2007
  • 2004: Transient Travels, Installation und Kompositionen in einem Eisenbahnwaggon, World New Music Days 2004
  • 2003: Electronic Music Archive, eine Ausstellung von Gianni Jetzer und Norbert Möslang (Voice Crack), Kunsthalle St. Gallen
  • 2002: Musik und Sounddesign für die Expo.02, Expoagricole, Murten
  • 1998: We Are Somewhere Else Already – Swiss Institute, New York


  • 2017: non-human, CD, domizil 45
  • 2015: Progeny, CD, domizil 41
  • 2013: topographie sinusoïdale, CD, domizil 38
  • 2010: annex, Mini CD, domizil 33
  • 2009: Wire Tapper, CD/The Wire(Compilation)
  • 2009: subsegmental, CD, domizil 32
  • 2008: Opera Calling, CD (Compilation)
  • 2008: Die Wunschmaschinen, DVD, domizil 30/ZHdK Records
  • 2007: This ship in trouble, CD/online, domizil 24
  • 2005: Transient Travels, VA, CD, domizil 23 (Compilation)
  • 2004: domizil vs. Antifrost life, - Live CD, domizil 19 (Compilation)
  • 2004: Club Transmediale, CD, Data Error (Compilation)
  • 2004: La Suisse, CD, SME (Compilation)
  • 2003: Bees & Honey, Andrey Kiritchenko, CD, Zeromoon (Remix)
  • 2002: Quiconque, CD, domizil 17
  • 2001: Poisonhats, CD, Arts Centre Dublin (Compilation)
  • 2001: Substrat CD, CD, Stattmusik (Compilation)
  • 2000: Institut für Feinmotorik: Verschiedene, CD, IFFM (Compilation)
  • 1999: solipsistic_motion, LP, domizil 10


  • Marcus Maeder (Hg.): Kunst, Wissenschaft, Natur. Zur Ästhetik und Epistemologie der künstlerisch-wissenschaftlichen Naturbeobachtung. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, 2017, ISBN 978-3-8376-3692-5
  • Marcus Maeder & Roman Zweifel: trees: Pinus sylvestris, an artistic-scientific observation system at the COP 21. Zurich: domizil; ISBN 978-3-033-05381-6
  • Marcus Maeder (Hg.): Milieux Sonores - Klangliche Milieus. Klang, Raum und Virtualität. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, 2010; ISBN 978-3-8376-1313-1
  • Bruno Spoerri (Hg.): Musik aus dem Nichts. Die Geschichte der Elektroakustischen Musik in der Schweiz. Zürich: Chronos Verlag, 2010, ISBN 978-3-0340-1038-2

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