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 technology, sound studies, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), sound design, philosophy of science and technology, spatial audio, interactive audio, and creative media. The output of this team is published in prestigious international journals, at domestic and international conferences, and at international exhibitions and concert halls.


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Publications by Qiushi XU
Publications by Marcel Zaes Sagesser


Publications by Qiushi XU



Academic Journals in Chinese

    • Qiushi XU, 2021. The Unbearable “Lightness” of Life – Noise, Power Structure, and the Studiolization of Nature [J]. DUSHU,pp.14-22.
    • Qiushi XU, 2020. Performing “Noise” - The Construction and Deconstruction of Noise in the Production of Piano Sound [J]. Tsinghua Sociological Review, Vol. 14, pp. 147-170.
    • Qiushi XU, Trevor Pinch, Bing LIU, 2020. STS Marching in Sound Studies: “A Revolutionary Moment” [J]. Science and Society, Vol. 10, No. 3, pp. 81-96.
    • Qiushi, XU. and Bing, LIU, 2018. Sound Studies: A Brand-New Area in STS [J]. Journal of Dialectics of Nature, Vol. 40, No. 4, pp. 88-97.
    • Qiushi XU, 2017. Calling for the Metaphysics of Human Civilization – Reading the Book Daoxiangyuan Essays [J]. Green Leaf, No.5, pp. 62-65.
    • Qiushi, XU. and Bing, LIU, 2016. The Historiography Significance of The Death of Nature to Scientific Revolution –With Discussing the Hyperprofessionalism in History of Science [J]. Science and Society, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 44-53.
    • Qiushi, XU, 2016. Theory, Perspective and the New Study of Science Communication [J]. Science Education and Museums, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 83-84.

    Articles in English


    Essays in Chinese

    • Qiushi XU. Does the Piano Sound You Hear Comes from a Piano? The Thinker, No.3, 2022.
    • Qiushi XU. The Sociology of Insects and Health. Meiwen, No.2, 2020.
    • Qiushi XU. Material, Nature, and the Environment of Human Living. Meiwen, No.2, 2020.
    • Qiushi XU. But There is No His Home Outside the Window. Meiwen, No.2, 2020.
    • Qiushi XU. The New Trend of Digital Art. China Culture Daily, May 25, 2019.
    • Qiushi XU. Holographic Practice of Ecological Agriculture. Liaoning Daily, March 26, 2017.
    • Qiushi XU. Tasting the Sweets and Bitters of Life. Chinese Science Daily, May 20, 2016.


    Publications by Marcel Zaes Sagesser


    Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

    Non-Refereed Chapters in Edited Volumes (Book Chapters)

    • 2022 Sagesser, Marcel Zaes. “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.
    • 2010 Brockhaus, Immanuel, Michael Harenberg, and Marcel Sagesser. “Schnittmuster in der Populären Musik.” In Brockhaus, Immanuel; Harenberg, Michael; Sagesser, Marcel (2010). Schnittmuster in der Populären Musik In: Brockhaus, Immanuel; Weber, Bernhard (eds.) Inside The Cut. Digitale Schnitttechniken und Populäre Musik. Entwicklung – Wahrnehmung – Ästhetik (pp. 31-80). Bielefeld: transcript, edited by Immanuel Brockhaus and Bernhard Weber, 31–80. Bielefeld: transcript, 2010. (German language)

    Conference Proceedings (peer-reviewed and indexed)


    Non-Refereed Magazine Essays


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