Applied/Experimental Sound Research Lab


General questions

What is ÆSR Lab?

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

Who has access to the ÆSR Lab infrastructure?

In general, all researchers, artists, students and people who are generally active in research have access to the infrastructure. However, it is important to note that the infrastructure is only made available for research purposes (no events or similar).

Where is the ÆSR Lab located?

The ÆSR Lab is located at several sites in Vienna, but always in buildings of the University of Applied Arts, the mdw - University of Music and Performing Arts or the ÖAW - Austrian Academy of Sciences. Parts of the lab are also mobile.

Who runs the ÆSR Lab?

The ÆSR Lab is run by the University of Applied Arts Vienna (Zentrum Fokus Forschung) and in cooperation and with the expertise of the Artistic Research Center (ARC) and the Department of Composition, Electroacoustics and Tonmeister Education (IKE) of the mdw - University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, as well as the Phonogrammarchiv of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

How can I contact the ÆSR Lab?

The University of Applied Arts is the main contact. Contact details can be found under Contact.

Who funds the ÆSR Lab?

ÆSR Lab is funded by the BMBWF and in Kooperation with the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) of the European Union.


How can I borrow equipment from the ÆSR Lab?

For each object there is a link to the loan contact in the database. Depending on where the object is stored, you get the contact to the Angewandte, mdw or ÖAW. After a request to the respective office, one receives the information about the loan. This information may vary depending on the object, as some objects require training or insurance. In order to be able to borrow an object, the personal data must be deposited and verified - at least the first time.

Who is allowed to borrow equipment at the ÆSR Lab?

In principle, all researchers, artists, students, and persons generally active in research have access to the infrastructure. It is important to know that the infrastructure is only made available for research purposes (no events or similar).

How much does it cost to rent equipment?

The loan of the research infrastructure is free of charge.

What does "training required" mean?

In order to borrow and use the device, training by the laboratory staff is required. Once training has been completed, no further training is required when borrowing the instrument again.

Who bears the costs in case of loss or breakage?

The costs for loss and breakage are generally carried by the borrowing person or institution. In addition, there may be a need for additional insurance for certain devices.

How long is equipment allowed to be borrowed?

Depending on the object, availability and demand, there is a maximum rental period. This is defined at the time of loan, but can also be extended after consultation with the loaner.


Do I have to be a student to attend a course?

Yes, in order to participate in teaching events of the ÆSR Lab, it is necessary to register as an (extra) ordinary student or as a co-registered student at the respective university where the course takes place. Individual lectures and lecture series can be attended without registration after consultation.

How can I register for a course?

If you are not yet a student at the university (Angewandte, mdw) where the course is held, please contact the respective study department to register as a co-investigator. Please note the registration deadlines. Co-enrollment is free of charge.

How much does it cost to attend classes?

Attendance of the teaching events is free of charge. However, registration as an (extra) ordinary student or co-attendant is required.