Sam Auinger is a sonic thinker, composer, and sound-artist. He was a guest professor at the University of Arts in Berlin, and runs the Experimental Sound Design department within the Masters-level Sound Studies Programme. He collaborates with city planers and architects, and is a frequent participant of international symposiums on the topic of urban planing, architecture, media, the senses and sound in specific.
Auinger founded O+A together with Bruce Odland in 1989. With a central theme of "hearing perspective", the duo's work takes shape as large scale, public space sound installations that transform city noise into harmony in real-time. 2009 O+A started their "Sonic Commons" project, questioning the dominance of the visual culture in our perception of the world.