zensounds is a newsletter on experimental music and culture

Expect weird sounds from the fringes, music that’s not too predictable and manipulative, from a wide range of genres – ambient and experimental electronic, jazz and free improvised music, modern composition, leftfield hip-hop, post-rock and noise rock, avant-garde pop, and more.

Here’s a post about 100 Albums That Rocked My World.

While music is my main concern, I do write about other topics as well – from books, films, art and culture to philosophy, alternative lifestyles and literally anything else that interests me.

I am Stephan Kunze, an independent writer focused on music and culture.

In the last 25 years, I’ve worked as a freelance writer, magazine editor, copywriter, artist manager, editorial consultant, and playlist curator. In my last full-time position, I was a global editorial team lead at Spotify.

I live with my family in a rural village in Northeast Germany, close to the Polish border and the Baltic sea. Before we moved here, I lived in Berlin for 15 years, and I still consider the city partly my home.

My non-fiction book Zen Style was published by Penguin Random House in 2021. It got picked up by national newspapers, magazines, TV, radio and podcasts.

I’m a student of Zen Buddhism; I practice Buddhist insight meditation and have attended courses and retreats in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Vipassana, Zen and Deep Listening.


I publish a free weekly post every Saturday morning. There will be other posts, published during the week, exclusively for paid subscribers. All posts go behind a paywall after a couple of weeks.

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I am a music and culture writer based in Germany. My first non-fiction book, Zen Style, was published in 2021, and my short-form writing has been published in Tricycle, Bandcamp Daily and Everything Jazz.