Sound Studies Group





This is the Sound Studies Group at the SUSTech School of Design, Shenzhen. It is led by Dr. Qiushi Xu and Dr. Marcel Zaes Sagesser. Our research focuses on sound in relationship with technology, the environment, and human listening. It includes sound studies, philosophy of science and technology, HCI, and creative arts production. The output of this team is published in prestigious international journals, at domestic and international conferences, and at international art exhibitions as well as concert venues.


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We are currently looking for exceptional students for short-term or long-term projects in the areas of virtual reality production, spatial audio production, digital media production, sound production, and HCI. If you are interested in working with us, please send us your CV.



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12/06/2023The Swiss piano quartet “Kukuruz Quartet” presents “The Failed Pianist,” a multidisciplinary performance for five pianists, at the Música Estranha Festival, São Paulo / Brazil. The program includes music by Manuel Pessôa de Lima, Clara Allison, Julius Eastman and Marcel Zaes

12/01/2023Binghuang Xu and Dinu Li win a “Connections Through Culture Grant” by the British Council, UK

12/01/2023Annie Aries & Marcel Zaes (as “Aries Zaes”) release their second album titled “DUST”, on the label Prefermusic Switzerland

11/21/2023Xiaoyu Lin & Marcel Zaes Sagesser give a talk titled “Dirty Mediations: An Aesthetic for Live Performance with Digital Media” at the Shenzhen Technology University

11/07/2023

Binghuang Xu to participate as a panelist in the China Summit at Brown University, USA


10/21/2023Marcel Zaes Sagesser / Minghim Tong / Zhen Wu / Sylvia Lee: Artwork “High Sections / Low Leaps” is included in the SeeD First Pilot Project Exhibition, Shenzhen, China. 10/11/2023Marcel Zaes Sagesser delivers PhD seminar “Degrees of Sound: Listening between Low and High Tech” at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Guangzhou (HKUST-GZ), Computational Media and Arts (CMA) thrust area, Guangzhou, China
10/1/2023Marcel Zaes Sagesser presents media performance “Dirty Mediations” at the Montreux Jazz Festival China (MJFC), Kunshan, China
9/26/2023

Marcel Zaes Sagesser will be a panelist at “Art x Science Dialogues: Transcending Waves: Sound, Technology, and Creativity” co-organized by Duke Kunshan and Swissnex Shanghai, where he’ll be talking about his new media project that he’s currently working on, “Dirty Mediations.”

9/23/2023Marcel Zaes Sagesser will present the workshop “Sonic Architecture & Auditory Imagination” at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Department of Cultural and Religious Studies
9/18/2023 Marcel Zaes Sagesser delivers PhD seminar “Degrees of Sound: Listening between Low and High Tech” at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), Division of Integrative Systems and Design, Hong Kong
9/02/2023Binghuang Xu delivers artist talk “Re-Forming: A Research-based Arts Project, Overlooked Cities in Asia,” at the Urban Studies Foundation Seminar Series, Bandung, Indonesia

9/02/2023Binghuang Xu is shortlisted for the “Mentorship Award: Moving Narratives Programme” by the Prince Claus Fund and the British Council (NL + UK)
7/30/2023 Marcel Zaes Sagesser, Enza Migliore, and Long Pan as panelists at CAC Chronos Arts Center, Shanghai 7/28/2023 Marcel Zaes Sagesser & Binghuang Xu present “Listening Through Technology: an Interactive Sound Walk for a Suburb in Shenzhen” at the HCI International 2023 conference in Copenhagen
7/12-14/2023 Marcel Zaes Sagesser presents artwork “Setting #29” at DIS Designing Interactive Systems conference, Arts Track, Pittsburgh, PA, USA 7/12/2023 Marcel Zaes Sagesser presents “Mediating Place as Staging Time in “Setting”: Sonic Interactive Mobile Technology as an Art Performance” at DIS’23 Designing Interactive Systems conference at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh
7/1/2023 Marcel Zaes Sagesser presents “Drum Machines in Popular Music Production: The Convergence of a Digital Logic in Technology and Aesthetic” at The 3rd National Publishing Doctoral Academic Forum at the School of Publishing, Printing and Art Design, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology USST, Shanghai

6/03/2023Binghuang XU is awarded a residency and spends two weeks in the “Reconnecting: Artmaking and Mobility” program at esea contemporary, Manchester, UK (funded by the British Council, UK)

4/14/2023 Marcel Zaes Sagesser presents “‘Megaphoned Voices’ Amongst Skyscrapers: Mapping the Provisional Sound Infrastructure of the Pandemic in Shenzhen” at SCMS Society for Cinema & Media Studies annual conference, Denver, USA 4/11/2023 Marcel Zaes Sagesser delivers talk at CSUSB California State University, San Bernardino, Dept. of Music 3/31/2023 Marcel Zaes Sagesser delivers talk at CUHK Chinese University of Hong Kong, School of Music, Shenzhen, “Music, AI, and Code” 3/7/2023 Marcel Zaes Sagesser delivers talk at NYU New York University Shanghai, Department of Humanities, Talk “Music & Coding” 3/2/2023 Binghuang XU + Marcel Zaes Sagesser deliver talk “New Media Art: Imagining Place Through Sound” at USST University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, College of Communication and Art Design, China 2/28/2023Enza Migliore, Hanyu Qu, and Marcel Zaes Sagesser present A Grain of: A Multimodal Representation of the City’s Ecology Through Material and Sound. At TEI ’23: Proceedings of the Seventeenth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI ’23), February 26 - March 1, 2023, Warsaw, Poland. ACM, New York, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.1145/3569009.3576178 12/29/2022 Marcel Zaes Sagesser presents artwork at UABB Hong Kong Shenzhen Bi City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture, China 12/22/2022 - 3/21/2023 Marcel Zaes Sagesser presents artwork at Shunde Food Museum / Dakan Art Institute, China 12/20/2022 Marcel Zaes Sagesser delivers talk at Zhejiang University, College of Media and International Culture, Program of Cross-cultural Communication, China 12/9-11/2022 Marcel Zaes Sagesser delivers talk “Rhythms, Textures, Identities: Folding as a Technique in Kyoka’s Signature Sound” at International Association for the Study of Popular Music - Australia and New Zealand Branch (IASPM-ANZ), yearly conference, RMIT Melbourne, Australia 12/2022 Sagesser, Marcel Zaes publishes “A Digital Archive of Participatory Location Rhythm Performances: Listening as a Way of Attending to the Pandemic.” In Sounds of the Pandemic: Accounts, Experiences, Perspectives in Times of COVID-19, edited by Maurizio Agamennone, Daniele Palma, and Giulia Sarno. Waltham, MA: Focal Press, 2022. 11/19-30/2022 Marcel Zaes Sagesser presents artwork at Shanghai Jiaotong University’s Institute of Cultural and Creative Industry (ICCI), China 10/1/2022 Marcel Zaes Sagesser delivers talk “Mediating Place Is Staging Time: How Digital Media Frames Time in Traces of Noise” at Future Bodies Symposium, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg Virginia, USA 9/23/2022 Marcel Zaes Sagesser delivers talk “Designing Representation of Sound: Notes Toward the Convergence of Notation and User Interface in Digital Musicking Practices” at Convergence Conference, De Montford University, Institute for Sonic Creativity MTI, Leicester, UK 9/13/2022 Marcel Zaes Sagesser delivers talk “Of Scrolling & Mixing: Simulated Motion in Web Audio as Practice-Informed Scholarship” at Symposium on Music, Migration, and Mobility, Royal Collage of Music, London, UK 7/5/2022 Marcel Zaes Sagesser delivers talk “Rhythms, Textures, Identities: Folding as a Technique in Kyoka’s Signature Sound” at International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM), Annual conference, Daegu, South Korea 6/20-26/2022 Marcel Zaes Sagesser presents artwork at New York City Electroacoustic Festival (NYCEMF), USA 6/17/2022 Marcel Zaes Sagesser delivers talk “Being-Without. Gathering in Synchronous Isolation” at Performance Philosophy, 5th Biennial Conference, University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland 6/16/2022 Marcel Zaes Sagesser delivers talk “From Listening to Playing: An Idiosyncratic Spatial User Interface in Web Audio” at Everyday is Spatial: Immersive Audio Conference, University of Gloucestershire, UK 6/10/2022 Marcel Zaes Sagesser delivers talk “Rethinking Time Keeping Histories: (Mechanical) Time Grids as Imagined and Social” at Rethinking the History of Technology-based Music Conference, University of Huddersfield, UK 6/10/2022 Marcel Zaes Sagesser delivers talk “Pluse Geometries: Fixed Media Piece” at Sound and Music Computing SMC 2022, Saint-Etienne, France 6/10/2022 Marcel Zaes Sagesser presents artwork at Sound and Music Computing (SMC) Conference, Saint-Etienne, France 6/2-4/2022 Marcel Zaes Sagesser delivers talk “Reckoning with the Topographies of Listening: The Participatory Sound Archive #otherbeats” at Cultural Studies Association (CSA) Conference, Columbia College Chicago, USA 5/26-28/2022 Marcel Zaes Sagesser delivers talk “Michigan Avenue: Portraying Urban Centers in Electronic Dance Music” at International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM-US), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA 5/12-13/2022 Marcel Zaes Sagesser delivers talk “Pulsations: Musical Work” at NoiseFloor Art Festival and Symposium, Staffordshire University, UK 5/12/2022 Marcel Zaes Sagesser presents artwork at NoiseFloor, Staffordshire University, UK 5/5-6/2022 Marcel Zaes Sagesser delivers talk “Rendering Collected Ephemera Audible: Sonic Design as Attending to Multiplicity” at International Seminar on Sonic Design at the Department of Musicology, University of Oslo, Norway 04/28/2022 Marcel Zaes Sagesser delivers talk “Of Prompting, Collecting, and Crossfading: Writing Community-Based Scholarship in Sound” at Postgraduate Symposium for Creative Practices Research: Arts and Communities, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK 4/14/2022 Marcel Zaes Sagesser presents artwork at International Computer Music Association (ICMA): Music Showcase Asia, Hong Kong 4/8/2022 Marcel Zaes Sagesser delivers talk “Composing Time: The Sonic Materiality of Grids, Deviations and Envelopes” at Sonorities Symposium, Belfast, UK 4/6-10/2022 Marcel Zaes Sagesser presents artwork at Sonorities Festival, Belfast, UK 3/25/2022 Marcel Zaes Sagesser presents artwork at Stanford University, Music Dept, USA 1/14/2022 Marcel Zaes Sagesser delivers talk “The ‘Perfect’ Ensemble Member: Time-Keeping as Negotiation of Individuality” at Rethinking Participatory Processes Through Music, University of Huddersfield, UK 11/9-12/2021 Marcel Zaes Sagesser presents artwork at Geneva International Film Festival (GIFF), Switzerland 7/27/2021 Marcel Zaes Sagesser presents “#otherbeats: A Hypermediated Playback System in Web Audio.” at In ICMC International Computer Music Conference 2021 Proceedings, 185–91, 2021. https://www.fulcrum.org/epubs/rn3013782?locale=en#page=209 6/17-18/2021 Marcel Zaes Sagesser presents “#otherbeats: Performing a Participatory Archive of Social Rhythm.” at In New Interfaces for Musical Expression NIME 2021. Shanghai, China: NIME 2021, 2021.
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