Research is conducted in the facility and field, and communicated through creative outputs in concerts, exhibitions, installations, and broadcasts. These are complimented by traditional peer reviewed publications and dissertations.
Research has been funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage and Discovery Programs, industry partners, local government and internal RMIT sources. Research projects have included academic staff and guests, industry partners, Higher Degree by Research (HDRs) candidates, and final year MDIT students undertaking Major Project in the MDIT. Methodologies and findings then form the basis for design briefs for each semester’s teaching of MDIT design studios and electives – the research led teaching model.
Research topics have included sound in Japanese gardens, urban soundscape design and experience, spatial sound design, contemporary music composition and performance, speaker orchestra development, sonification of astronomical data, virtual notation and performance, music technology, architectural acoustic design, motorway noise, acoustic ecology and soundscape studies, non traditional games sound.