Dr. art, Dipl. Media Art, MA Gerriet K. Sharma

Artistic Researcher


Gerriet K. Sharma is a composer and sound artist. He studied Media Art at KHM Cologne and Composition/Computernusic at KUG Graz. He took part in the Dr. artium programme at KUG. His thesis is titled “Composing Sculptural Sound Phenomena in Computer Music”. Within the last ten years he was deeply involved in spatialization of electroacoustic compositions in Ambisonics and Wave-Field Synthesis. Works where presented at SPARK Festival of Electronic Music 2006 (Minneapolis/USA), New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival 09, the DAFx-10 Int. Conference Graz 10; Int. Conference for Spatial Audio (ICSA) Detmold 11, New Musical Interfaces Conference (NIME) Oslo 2011; ELIA-Art Schools NEU/NOW Festival Vilnius 09 and 11; International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) Ljubljana 12. He was scholarship holder of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in 07 and 09. In 08 he was awarded with the German Sound Art Award. Within his Residency at the Institute of Musicology Wuerzburg/Germany 11 – 13 he conceived and established the Atelier for Sound Research with Elena Ungeheuer. In spring 14 he was composer in residence at ZKM Karlsruhe/Germany. In WS 17/18 he was appointed Edgard Varèse guestprofessor at TU Berlin.





DI Markus Zaunschirm (PhD cand.)

Scientific Researcher


Markus Zaunschirm is a researcher and musician based in Graz. He studied electrical and audio engineering at the University of Technology and University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz (KUG). After receiving his Diploma in 2012, he joined the Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics as a researcher and was part of the wireless large scale microphone array (WiLMA, wilma.kug.ac.at) development team. In October 2014 he started a PhD program at the KUG. His research focuses on the generation of individualized sound zones in rooms using loudspeaker arrays with controllable directivity and the psychoacoustic evaluation of the generated sound field. Further areas of research include microphone array technologies, measurement strategies for directional room impulse responses and low-latency audio coding.

DI Florian Wendt (PhD cand.)

Scientific Researcher


Florian Wendt studied electrical engineering at University of Technology and University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz. After finishing his studies in 2013 he started his professional career as auditory research engineer in the field of cochlear implants at MED-EL Innsbruck. In October 2015 he joined the Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics in Graz and started a PhD program. His research focuses on fundamental phenomena of spatial sound perception in rooms and its modelling.
















The IEM icosahedral loudspeaker: Scientific and artistic instrument






The IKO is a new musical instrument that has been built in 2006, originally with the idea to holographically mimic musical instruments. It consists of an icoshaedral housing carrying 20 individually driven loudspeakers. 

IEM has been constantly working on the IKO, in order to continuously improve its quality for audio playback and playing electroacoustical concerts.

DI, PhD Matthias Frank

Senior Researcher


Matthias Frank studied electrical and audio engineering at University of Technology and University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz. After receiving his Diploma in 2009, he joined the Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics in Graz as teacher and researcher. Last year, he finished his PhD dealing with spatial and timbral properties of phantom sources created by multiple loudspeakers, such as in Ambisonics. For his PhD thesis, he received the Award of Excellence from the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research. Besides his interest in spatial audio, he works on product sound quality evaluation and design for non-audio products, such as home appliances and cars. Matthias is member of the Audio Engineering Society and the German Acoustical Society. 






DI Dr.rer.nat. Franz Zotter

Project Leader


Franz Zotter was briefly co-director of the Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics in Graz, 2012-2014, and his work focuses on compact and surrounding spherical arrays of loudspeakers and microphones for surround sound field recording and playback, most prominently Ambisonics, tools to record the directivity of musical instruments, and the icosahedral loudspeaker for sound projection. Franz is involved in the board of the Ambisonics symposium and part of an initiative for Virtual Acoustics within DEGA, the German acoustical society, which awarded him the Lothar Cremer prize in 2012.






Univ.Prof. Mag. Marko Ciciliani, Ph.D.

Supervisor Dr. art.


Marko Ciciliani is a composer, audiovisual artist and researcher based in Austria. The focus of his work lies in the combination of instruments and electronics, often in audiovisual contexts. Light- or laserdesigns are frequently an integral part of his compositions. More recently he also included live-video in his works, by making the manipulation of images part of 
an extended instrument design. The artistic combination of sound and light was also the topic of his PhD research that he completed at Brunel University London in 2010. It is characteristic of Ciciliani’s compositions that sound is not only understood as abstract material but as a culturally shaped idiom. The exploration of a sound’s communicative potential is as much in the foreground of his work as its objective sonic quality. Ciciliani’s work is characterized by a conceptual approach in which aspects of classical composition, sound- and media-studies play tightly together.


O.Univ.Prof. Mag.art. DI Dr.techn. Robert Höldrich

Supervisor PhD