Julian Vogels

Founder & CTO at Soundbrenner · Music Technology Specialist

Julian Vogels is a co-founder and CTO at Soundbrenner. He runs their Berlin tech office and developed the wearable music accessories Soundbrenner Pulse and Core, which shape musician's practice habits worldwide. He believes that technology should be used to make musician's lives better, not just for the technology's sake. In his free time Julian runs music tech related meetups, plays the drums or goes bouldering.


Founder & CTO

Soundbrenner Limited, Hong Kong


Soundbrenner GmbH, Berlin

Managing the technical processes and development at Soundbrenner, as well as the German subsidiary tech office. Responsible for tech infrastructure, product development, research and development.

September 2014 - Present

Conference Manager

McGill University

Preparation and management of all aspects (operations, logistics, artists) at conference "Time Forms: The Temporalities of Aesthetic Experience" at McGill University and Centre Phi, Montréal.

August 2013 - September 2013

iOS Developer

McGill University

Development of the Montreal Sound Map iPhone Application in collaboration with Prof. Eric Lewis (Music Philosophy) of McGill University and Max Stein of Concordia University. The iOS app enables the creation of field recordings, to upload them to a server, as well as to visualize and time filter, as well as to replay existing recordings on a virtual map.

June 2013 - July 2013


FUSE Integrierte Kommunikation und Neue Medien GmbH

Film editing & motion graphics, first time full team member in an iOS project, presentation of work results to clients, getting to know business customs.

May 2010 - October 2010


FUSE Integrierte Kommunikation und Neue Medien GmbH

Becoming acquainted with the tech infrastructure of a broadcast radio station, film editing & motion graphics, management of a shipyard construction site, repairs on the Aldebaran yacht.

March 2010 - April 2010


McGill University Montréal

Master of Arts
Music Technology

GPA: 3.95

More information on my thesis website: Harmonica-inspired digital musical instrument design based on an existing gestural performance repertoire

2012 - 2014

Ansbach University of Applied Sciences

Bachelor of Arts
Multimedia and Communication

Graduated with honors

2008 - 2012


Areas of expertise
  • Manufacturing in China
  • Hardware Startups
  • Music Technology: Musical Instruments, Music Information Retrieval, DSP
  • iOS and macOS development, client server applications
  • Embedded Systems Design and firmware development
  • Product Design, UX and interaction design
  • Team management, agile Development & Scrum


In my limited free time I am rock climbing, drumming, or tinkering with electronics. I am the organiser of the Musical Instrument Maker Meetup Berlin with over 200 members.

I enjoy cooking and traveling to as many places as I can fit in a lifetime. I was born in Germany, lived in Togo, West Africa, Montréal, Québec/Canada, and Hong Kong.

Awards & Certifications

  • Certificate · Y Combinator Startup School Online
  • 2nd price winner · Wunderbar Hackathon 2014 Berlin
  • ROLI Price Winner · Music Hack Day 2014 Berlin
  • Graduate Excellence Fellowship · McGill University
  • Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation Scholarship winner (BA and MA)