Daniel Dettwiler was born in 1974 and lives in Basel with his family. He studied Audio-Design at the "Academy of Music", Basel, from 1996 until 2001. In 2002, he started his company “Idee und Klang Dettwiler” which developed into “Idee und Klang Studio”. Assembly of the most significant collection of historic microphones in Switzerland.
As a recording engineer, he is specialized in the production of acoustic music, especially jazz and film music. He has worked on productions with ECM (Pierre Favre), Herbert Grönemeyer, London Symphony Orchestra, Niki Reiser, Ute Lemper, David Klein, WDR Bigband, Kolsimcha, Nils Wogram, Jasmin Tabatabai, Christian Zehnder, Mark Turner, and Jorge Rossy and many more.
He is one the most popular tonmeister for film music in Switzerland and Germany, and has executed numerous music productions for cinema, such as "The White Massai", "Das Blaue vom Himmel", "Die Abenteuer des Huck Finn", "Heidi“, and "The diary of Anne Frank". In addition, he often works on film scores as a pianist..
In 2003, Daniel began giving lectures at Musikhochschule Basel (Applied Production Technique and Realisation) and in 2018, became professor of Sound Engineering. He is also teaches at the University of Arts in Zürich. 2019 he organized the "Sheer Pleasure of Sound", a large audio conference and seminar togehter with the iconic Al Schmitt and George Massenburg.
In 2005, together with Ramon de Marco he founded “Idee und Klang Audiodesign GmbH” which specializes in Sound Installations and Acousmatic Spatial Orchestration. Many projects have followed, such as Audio Design and Spatial Orchestration for the new BMW Museum in Munich or "Magicbox", the State Grid Pavilion at the Expo 2010 and the composition of the acoustic layout for DRS3 and DRS2. Furthermore, Daniel Dettwiler has worked as audio designer of concerts for composers such as Beat Gysin, Andrea Molino, Thomas Kessler and Heiner Goebbels.