New research project: ÆSR Lab – Applied/Experimental Sound Research Laboratory

The Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF) – in cooperation with the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) of the EU – is investing 40 million euros in the expansion and modernization of existing as well as in the acquisition of new high-quality (digital) research infrastructure within the framework of the call for proposals “(Digital) Research Infrastructures”.

The cooperative infrastructure research project “ÆSR Lab – Applied/Experimental Sound Research Laboratory” of the University of Applied Arts, the mdw (Artistic Research Center and Department for Composition, Electroacoustics and Tonmeister_innen-Education) and the Austrian Academy of Sciences (Phonogrammarchiv) was selected for funding.

The ÆSR Lab is a three-part, mobile and modular sound research laboratory at the interface of art and science, which as an infrastructure – with precise instrumentation and state-of-the-art technology – promotes interdisciplinary research and artistic design and helps to open up the development and testing of new technologies.

At mdw, the sub-project “ÆSR – sound projection laboratory” will now be implemented in the years 2023–2026 under the direction of Thomas Grill. The system to be developed within the framework of research and teaching will enable new and unconventional forms of spatial acoustic design for musical composition and performance.

Sonic Ghosts – AR Pilot – Abschlusspräsentation

Intersubjektives Klanglabor zur Beforschung auditiver Wahrnehmungsphänomene

Projektleitung: Bernhard Gál & Veronika Mayer

Anbindung: Institut für Komposition, Elektroakustik und TonmeisterInnen-Ausbildung, mdw – Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien

Finanzierung: AR-Pilot Call 2022 der mdw


Datum: 21. Januar 2023; 15:00-18:00

Ort: Klangtheater – FAL, mdw – Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien

Eintritt frei. Keine Anmeldung erforderlich.


15:00-16:00                 Begrüßung | Mehrkanal-Hörraum

16:00-17:00                 Präsentation des beantragten PEEK-Forschungsprojektes AUDIO GHOSTS

17:00-18:00                 Mehrkanal-Hörraum sowie informeller Austausch + kleines Buffet



Präsentierte Werke (Auswahl)

Diana Deutsch               Phantom Words and Other Curiosities (2003, Ausschnitt)

Bernhard Gál                 Defragmentation/Krems (2005, Ausschnitt)

                                         Vierband (2023, Preview)

Christopher Haworth    Correlation Number One (2011)

Veronika Mayer             splitter (ghost version #1) (2022)

James Tenney                For Ann (rising) (1969)



RAPP Lab Invitation, 17th November 2022, 17:30-19:30, ONLINE (via ZOOM)

In artistic research the word “reflection” is booming, and its meanings range widely: from spoken and discursive analysis before or after an artistic performance to improvisation as sonic reflection in the artistic activity itself. The RAPP Lab project playfully investigates the qualities, and often slippery properties of “reflection” as being vague, concrete, unvoiced or embodied and creates six experimental settings (Labs) in which students can expand and specify their reflective skills. We invite the artistic research community to switch the perspective from “What is reflection?” to “In which learning and teaching parameters and conditions can reflection and critical thinking in artistic research emerge?”


This digital event will focus on the three Labs which have taken place during the year 2022: Lab 3 (May 2022) at the HfMT Cologne on Embodied Reflection, Lab 4 (June 2022) contributed by mdw Vienna on Transculturality, and Lab 5 (September 2022) by the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in Tallinn on Autoethnography. It will present a kaleidoscope of methodological perspectives of artistic research between these three learning environments.


Coordination: Hochschule for Music and Dance Cologne (Dr Sybille Fraquelli)

Artistic Direction: Dr Evelyn Buyken


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From 17.00 on            Lock in and soft meet & greet

17.30                          Opening and Introduction

17.45-19.15                Improvised Presentation and Sharing of (Video) Materials on the topics “Methodology”, “Social Impact” and “Pedagogical Culture” of Reflection in Artistic Practice with Johannes Kretz (mdw Vienna), Theodore Parker (EAMT Tallinn) and Evelyn Buyken (HfMT Cologne)

19.15                          Q&A




RAPP stands for “Reflection based Artistic Professional Practice” and brings together the artistic research expertise of seven partner institutions in Europe. During a series of multi-national, experimental, thematically and methodologically differentiated encounters, described as Labs, advanced music students have the opportunity to try out new teaching and learning formats. RAPP Lab is a three-year EU-funded research project supported by the ERASMUS+ programme “Strategic Partnerships”. RAPP Lab explores how the reflective methodologies of artistic research empower musicians to creatively respond to the economic-cultural environment with which they are confronted. The project brings together the artistic research expertise of seven partner institutions in six different European states: Association Européenne des Conservatoires – AEC, Bruxelles, Belgium; Conservatorio di Musica Santa Cecilia, Rome, Italy; Eesti Muusika-ja Teatriakadeemia,  Tallinn, Estonia; Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Cologne, Germany (as Coordinator); mdw – Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Vienna, Austria; Norges musikhøgskole, NMH,  Oslo, Norway; Orpheus Instituut  Ghent, Belgium.


Picture credit: Still from Video-Documentation by Agafia Wieliczko on Lab 3, Cologne 2022



Confusing Inspiration – presentation and concert

07 Dec 2022, 6:30 PM , Joseph Haydn-Saal
Anton-von-Webern-Platz 1, 1030 Wien


In its third edition, the interdisciplinary project “Confusing Inspiration” again aims to connect composition, artistic practices and scholarly research.

How do composers and musicians studying at the MDW in Vienna react to engaging with non-Western musical practices? How does musical thinking change when one leaves one’s comfort zone and tries to question the taken-for-grantedness of the musical world(s) one is familiar with?

A group of students and teachers (composers and musicians) from the MDW went on a research trip to Istanbul in 2021 to learn to understand local musical practices and to experience them in the context of their lives. Back in Vienna, new compositions were created that reflect and process the experiences of the field research in a variety of ways. The result is new kinds of works that bring together different musical ways of thinking and draw the participants as well as the listeners out of the usual patterns of concert music in a variety of ways.
Compositions and imprivisations by and with, Salah Ammo, Dominik Förtsch, Haruki Noda, Ece Tuncer, Tolgahan Çoğulu, Sinan Ayyıldız, u.a.
Entrance free, registration not required


Artistic Research Lab – Presentations of the dissertation projects in the frame of RAPP Lab

Friday, 3rd June 2022, 19h-22h

mdw – Future Art Lab


Live Stream via



Birgitta Flick: Circular Composition

Chanda Rule, voice, Birgitta Flick, tenor saxophone, Ivar Roban Krizic, double bass, Gernot Bernroider, percussion


Birgitta Flick: Circular Compositon II, 3rd Movement, “Sorrow” for tenor saxophone solo

Kumbhaka, text by Chanda Rule, Birgitta Flick, tenor saxophone


Jagoda Szmytka: untitled (via Zoom)


Christoph Wichert: Kampung Saya

Christoph Wichert, bassoon and serunai




Illia Razumeiko: Wind from Podil – fragments and stories from OPERA LINGUA

Conductor: Roman Grygoriv

Performers: Leah Batstone, Brigitte Wilfing, Birgitta Flick, Ivar Roban Krizic at al.


Fu Tian: The Story of Croche

Performer: Fu Tian




Saturday, 4th June 2022, 19h-22h

mdw – Future Art Lab




Brigitte Wilfing: And Yet It Turns

Performer: Brigitte Wilfing


Daniel Maltz Hausmusik (via Zoom)

Performer: Daniel Maltz


Jorge Sanchez-Chiong: anything but art

Performer: Jorge Sanchez-Chiong




Ivar Roban Krizic: Performing Reflection. A Work in Progress

Performers: Ivar Roban Krizic – double bass, objects, voice, Bojan Krhlanko – drums, objects, electronics


Karl Salzmann: Artistic practice and other interventions for and with the turntable

Performers: Electric Indigo & Karl Salzmann


Live Stream via

Free entry

Covid-19 Regulations: FFP2-Maske recommended. More info


Creative (Mis)Understandings: Methodologies of Inspiration

an artistic research project lead by Wei-Ya Lin and Johannes Kretz

sponsored by the Austrian Science Fund


Closing presentation at the Weltmuseum Wien on May 20, 2022

The Artistic Research Project Creative (Mis)Understandings is based on a collaboration between poet-singers of the indigenous Tao group from Taiwan and composers and sound creators trained in the tradition of European Art Music. The project aims to create strategies which on the one hand contribute to revitalizing Tao cultural practices in a sustainable way, and on the other hand redefine social roles of European, academically trained composers and sound creators.

As part of the „Long Night of Research (Lange Nacht der Forschung)“ we will present – in an extended happening – the encounter of culture and traditional songs of the Tao in performance-exhibition format. This includes performances of traditional Tao song and dance, compositions and improvisations transforming the songs into various contemporary contexts in styles of rock, experimental, European art music etc., complemented by sound and video installations. There will also be time for exchanges, meetings, dialogues with the audience, what may create a platform of sharing and encounters during this event.


Contributors on 5/20:

Voices of Lanyu – singers of the Tao community, Ensemble Extrakte Berlin, Band „Wild Thing“

Sandeep Bhagwati, Chiao-Hua Chang, Samu Gryllus, Johannes Kretz, Wei-Ya Lin, Wolfgang Liebhart, Si Pehbowen (Zheng Kuo), Siaman Vongayan (Chien-Ping Kuo), Ming Wang, Hui Ye



Already on April 19, 2020, there will be the opportunity to get a foretaste of the final presentation and to gain insights into the concepts and experiences of the team members at the Weltmuseum Wien.

Q&A Session: AR Pilot call und PEEK program

Together with the Research Support of mdw, we invite you to an informal “Q&A Session”, where you can get answers on your questions about the current AR Pilot Call and/or the PEEK program of the FWF.
1.3.2022, 13-14 Uhr | online


  • Vitali Bodnar, Project service
  • Thomas Grill, Vice Head of Artistic Research Center
  • Therese Kaufmann, Head of Research Support
  • Johannes Kretz, Head of Artistic Research Center
We are looking forward to your participation!
The Zoom link is available through the following page (only accessible for members of mdw): Click here!

Call for Artistic Research Pilot Projects at the mdw

Application deadline: 28.3.2022

For the third time, the mdw invites applications for internal funding for pilot projects in the field of artistic research. A total of €20,000 are available for innovative research projects clearly demonstrating the use of appropriate artistic research methodology. Preference will be given to projects serving as pilots for potential third-party funding applications, especially within the framework of the FWF’s PEEK programme, and/or to projects that could lead to prospective publications (e.g. in the Research Catalogue), as well as to transdisciplinary and collaborative projects.

All members of the mdw, in particular young artists and academics, including (PhD or Doctor Artium Program) students, are eligible to apply. Projects should be implemented within the course of twelve months. Up to 5,000 euros are available for each successful application.


Eligible costs

All direct costs (staff, equipment and travel costs, subcontracts, and other substantiated costs) in connection with the implementation of the project as well as the presentation and publication of results are eligible for funding. Co-financing through personal or third-party funds is possible. Payments are to be made directly through the respective institute or the Artistic Research Center.


Selection procedure

Successful applications will be determined by an interdisciplinary jury of internal and external experts under the direction of Prof. Johannes Kretz. Final decisions are expected to be announced by the end of April 2022.


Application documents:

  • a project description and timeline (maximum three pages)
  • supplement containing brief biographical information and a list of relevant publications, artistic works and other achievements (maximum two pages),
  • Budget calculations (in tabular format)

When calculating project budgets, please ensure that regulations regarding the awarding of contracts for work and services are observed.



final report must be submitted within three months of the end of the project, together with a breakdown of costs (in tabular form) and a comparison of planned and actual expenses. If applicable, funding recipients are required to store open access materials in the publication platform pub.mdw. Other outputs (videos, audios and other research data) must be managed through the mdwRepository.

Applications must be submitted electronically by 28.3.2022 to and should be marked with the subject “AR-Pilot application”.

The project service is available to answer any questions.

Information on projects funded under the AR-Pilot Call 2018 and 2020

Privacy policy of the mdw


Further information:

Vitali Bodnar
Project Service | Research Support
Tel. +43 1 711 55 – 6114

Therese Kaufmann
Head of Research Support
Tel. +43 1 711 55 – 6100

Rotting Sounds Symposium, September 23 and 24 @ mdw

Since 2018, the project of artistic research Rotting sounds – Embracing the temporal deterioration of digital audio has been researching transformation processes pertaining to the diverse interrelations of digitally encoded information in the audio domain, its material properties and (human) interpretation within a sociocultural context.

This symposium shall provide a room for reflection on the acquired experiences in the course of the project, bring in external viewpoints on the relevant topics and stimulate outlooks beyond the limits of current research.

Rotting sounds is a cooperation between the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, the University of Applied Arts Vienna and the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and is funded by the Austria science fund (FWF project AR445).

The symposium will take place in presence at the mdw campus (registration required!) and will also be streamed through

Thursday, September 23rd, 19:00-22:00
@ Klangtheater
(Building V, Future Art Lab, mdw campus)

Till Bovermann, Dario Sanfilippo, Martin Howse, Kathrin Hunze
Jasmine Guffond

Please register here.

Friday, September 24th, 10:00-18:00
@ Klangtheater
(Building V, Future Art Lab, mdw campus)

Thomas Grill, Till Bovermann, Almut Schilling
Martin Kunze
Martin Howse
Julian Rohrhuber
Caroline Bohlmann
Jasmine Guffond
Rosa Menkman
Angelica Castelló

Please register here.

Friday, September 24th, 19:30-22:00
@ Auditorium of Rotting Sounds
(Back side of Building S, mdw campus)

Tobias Leibetseder
Georg Zichy
Mario de Vega

Please register here.

FWF Der Wissenschaftsfonds
mdw – Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien
Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien
Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien

co-curated and produced by sound:frame