David Rothenberg

  • City of Nightingales
  • Berlin's perfect sound
  • Literature

David Rothenberg has made music with whales, insects, with water and wind: but the perfect sound was provided by Berlin’s nightingales, which outdo themselves in competition with the city noise.

Rothenberg, an icon of the experimental music scene worldwide, has written a symphony of the big city; the scientist Rothenberg analyzes the sound of animals, the musician Rothenberg jams with the birds. His book is a poetic cultural history of the nightingale and explores the relationship between noise, music and poetry.

After studying at Harvard and receiving his doctorate at Brown University, Rothenberg traveled through Europe and played jazz clarinet, among others with Peter Gabriel. Today he is a composer, musician and professor of philosophy and music at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He has published 21 music CDs and several books, including Bug Music: How Insects Gave Us Rhythm and Noise.