Applied/Experimental Sound Research Lab



The ÆSR Lab (Applied/Experimental Sound Research Laboratory) is a 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 creation and supports the development and experimentation with new technologies.


The ÆSR Lab focuses on the areas of experimental sound research, including machine learning, field recording methods, architectural sound design (spatialisation) and reference to the physical world by means of sensors and actuators (physical computing). At the same time, the interface from analogue to digital is explored via the conservation, restoration and digitisation of sound carriers.


The ÆSR Lab is realised by the University of Applied Arts Vienna (Zentrum Fokus Forschung) in cooperation with 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.


Angewandte / ZFF

The Mobile Lab will be implemented by the University of Applied Arts Vienna (Angewandte), which is also responsible for the overall management and coordination of the project. The Mobile Lab is based at the Zentrum Fokus Forschung of the Angewandte, which is committed to the support and development of new artistic and scientific practice and offers activities, places and time spaces for in-depth research practice and participatory reflection.

mdw / ELAK & ARC

The Sound Projection Lab is implemented by the mdw - University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, one of the world's largest music universities. The Sound Projection Lab is based at the Artistic Research Center (ARC) and the Department of Composition, Electroacoustics and Tonmeister Education. These departments promote innovative artistic research that leads to the production of new knowledge and can serve as an independent contribution to the development and opening up of the arts.


The Phonogrammarchiv (PhA) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) is responsible for the Field Recording & Digitization/Restauration Lab. As the oldest sound archive in the world, the Phonogrammarchiv has been interdisciplinary since its foundation in 1899 and works and researches at the interface of technology and the GSK. It has unique holdings of sound and video recordings from research contexts as well as specific expertise in methods and techniques of field recordings and in the conservation, restoration and digitisation of historical sound carriers.

Why/What we offer


The ÆSR Lab is divided into three laboratories. The Mobile Lab for mobile sound field research, the Sound Projection Lab for experimental sound projection and the Field Recording & Digitization/Restoration Lab for field recordings, restoration of historical sound carriers and their digitisation. The labs are available to scientists, artists, students and the interested public for research purposes.

Knowledge transfer

ÆSR Lab offers a broad spectrum of knowledge transfer, from practical applications to teaching in the form of courses, workshops and lectures. ÆSR Lab promotes interdisciplinary work and exchange between interested individuals and institutions.


In order to make cooperative use and access to the laboratory and equipment as easy to access as possible, the project is developing a representative and publicly accessible lending system that maps all available research instruments.


Information on the team and other people involved in the project:

Management / Team

Karl Salzmann Project lead & lead: Mobile Lab

Karl Salzmann is the project lead of the ÆSR Lab and is responsible for the implementation of the Mobile Lab, which is being developed at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. At the Angewandte, he is the coordinator of the Soundart Research Plattform and teacher und Senior Scientist at Zentrum Fokus Forschung.

Photo: Georg Petermichl+
Karl Salzmann
© Georg Petermichl

Thomas Grill Lead: Sound Projection Lab

Thomas Grill works as a composer and performer of electroacoustic music, as a media artist, technologist and sound researcher. His artistic work encompasses the most diverse areas of audible and cross-media art, with a focus on loudspeaker-based music, electroacoustic improvisation, as well as installations and interventions. At MDW, he is the director of the University course of electroacoustic und experimental Music (ELAK). In 2018-2022 he led the multi-year artistic research project "Rotting Sounds".

Portrait of Thomas Grill, (c) Florian Voggeneder+
Thomas Grill
© Florian Voggeneder

Kerstin Klenke Lead: Field Recording & Digitization/Restauration Lab

Studied musicology, ethnology and theatre, film and television studies at the University of Cologne and the University of Vienna. Doctorate in ethnomusicology at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media. Further academic positions at the Foundation University Hildesheim, Goethe University Frankfurt/Main and the University of Vienna in research and teaching, project coordination and science/archive management. Head of the Phonogrammarchiv since March 2019.

Staff members

Jasemin Khaleli Research assistant

Jasemin Khaleli is an ethnomusicologist and artist, exploring issues of systemic violence, critical knowledge production and sensory anthropology. With her master's thesis on queer techno-spaces in Lisbon, she was a research fellow of the “Sounds of Tourism” project at the Nova University of Lisbon, followed by a research position within the “Klingender Gemeindebau” project at the Music and Minorities Research Center at mdw. She is currently enrolled in the Critical Studies program at the Academy of Fine Arts and works as a research associate at the phonogram archive within the collaborative project ÆSR Lab - Applied/Experimental Sound Research Laboratory.

Jasemin Khaleli
© Xava Mikosch

Jonas Hammerer Student assistant

Jonas Hammerer is a sound artist and composer whose work spans live performances, sound installations, and compositions. He studied electroacoustic and experimental music at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna and holds a degree in Landscape Architecture. He is presently furthering his studies at the Tangible Music Lab within the Institute of Media Studies at the University of Art and Design in Linz. Since 2023, he has been affiliated with the ÆSR Lab - Applied/Experimental Sound Research Laboratory as a student research associate.

Jonas Hammerer+
Jonas Hammerer


Julian Rubisch System developer for the Sound Projection Lab

Julian Rubisch, born in Vienna in 1981, is a freelance sound artist, interaction designer, and performance artist. From 2007 to 2014, he worked as a research associate at the Institute for Creative Media Technologies at FH St. Pölten. His main areas of interest include Sound & Music Computing, Sonic Interaction Design, Computer Music, and (interactive) Sound Art.

Education: Completed the Certificate Program in Computer Music & Electronic Media at MDW Vienna (2012-2015), some of his mentors are Marko Ciciliani, Katharina Klement, Volkmar Klien and Wolfgang Musil. St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences, Master in Telecommunications and Media Technology (2004-2009).

He has presented performances and installations at prestigious venues such as ZKM Karlsruhe, Alte Schmiede Vienna, ORF Ö1 Kunstradio, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Klangturm St. Pölten, ICMC, and AES Conference.

Julian Rubisch explores boundaries and interfaces of perception, including the analysis-resynthesis of speech signals and Data Moshing. His artworks are often interactive, inviting the audience to actively participate in the creative process.

Julian Rubisch


Head: Karl Salzmann
Phone: +43 1 71133 2808
Instagram: @aesr_lab

University of Applied Arts Vienna
ÆSR Lab – Zentrum Fokus Forschung
Rustenschacherallee 2–4, 1020 Wien



ÆDesign & Code: Studio 3000PS
Font: Delphia by David Einwaller

Media owner and publisher:
ÆSR Lab. Applied/Experimental Sound Research Laboratory of the University of Applied Arts Vienna
Oskar-Kokoschka-Platz 2
A-1010 Wien
T: +43 -1-71133-2808

Content responsibility:
Head of ÆSR Lab - Applied/Experimental Sound Research Lab
E: Karl Salzmann

Concept and Design:

All texts on the homepage of the ÆSR Lab website were carefully checked. Nevertheless, it is not possible to make any warranties regarding the accuracy, completeness, and currentness of the information published. The University of Applied Arts Vienna therefore excludes liability regarding these matters. The links to other websites were carefully selected. The University of Applied Arts Vienna does not accept liability for the content of these other websites, as it has no control over their content. The respective website provider is exclusively responsible for the content of a linked website. 

© The copyright is held by ÆSR Lab at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and the appropriate authors and artists, respectively. Taking copies, using copies, and passing on copies for non-commercial purposes is permissible provided the original content remains unchanged and the source is cited (source: ÆSR Lab, University of Applied Arts Vienna). 

Legal structure:
Pursuant to § 4 Universities Act 2002, BGBI I 2002/120 in its current version, the University of Applied Arts Vienna is a legal entity under public law

Regulatory body for the University of Applied Arts Vienna: Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research
Bundesministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Forschung

Basic direction of the website pursuant to § 25 subpara. 4 Media Law:
The website of the ÆSR Labd serves the purpose of informing the public about the University’s tasks and fields of activity. 

Tasks of the University of Applied Arts Vienna:
The tasks of the University result from § 3 Universities Act 2002, BGBI I 2002/120 in its current version.

Date of publishing:
13. November 2023