Paul Trilsbeek

Welcome to my personal website. Here you can find some of my music, some photos I made in various places around the world, and some information regarding my job.


From 1998 until 2003 I worked at the Music Mind Machine group at the NICI (now Donders Institute – Centre for Cognition), Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. I worked there as a Music Technologist and also did a bit of research on tempo and timing in musical performances.

Since 2003 I’ve been working at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. I currently am the head of The Language Archive, part of which is the DOBES archive of endangered languages. The Language Archive (TLA) is one of the largest archives archives of language resources. The group also develops linguistic software, such as the ELAN multimedia annotation tool.


From 1993 to 1997 I studied at the Institute of Sonology at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. During these years I experimented with different styles of electronic music, from 'popular' dance music to 'serious' sound sculptures. Part of my final exam was a CD with a selection of electronic works in different styles. Below you can play or download them.




VWO, dr. Knippenbergcollege, Helmond

Sonology, Royal Conservatory, The Hague

Professional experience

Music Technologist, Music Mind Machine group, NICI, Radboud University, Nijmegen

Archive Manager, The Language ArchiveMax Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen

Head, The Language ArchiveMax Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen


Member of the Data Seal of Approval Board

Member of the DELAMAN Board

Member of the Alliance for Linguistic Diversity Advisory Committee

Member of the PARADISEC steering committee

Selected Publications

Trilsbeek, P., Desain, P. & Honing, H. (2001). “Spectral analysis of timing profiles of piano performances”. Proceedings of the 2001 International Computer Music Conference, Havana, pages 286-289.

Trilsbeek, P., & Wittenburg, P. (2006). Chapter 13 - Archiving challenges. In J. Gippert, N. P. Himmelmann & U. Mosel (Eds.), Essentials of language documentation. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Trilsbeek, P., & Koenig, A. (2014). Increasing the future usage of endangered language archives. In D. Nathan, & P. Austin (Eds.), Language Documentation and Description vol 12 (pp. 151-163). London: SOAS. Retrieved from

for a more complete list, see here.


Please see my web page at the MPI for my contact details