Dr Mo Zareei

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Lecturer in Sonic Arts School of Music


Teaching in 2020

Research interests

Sound art, experimental electronic music, audiovisual art, minimalist music, sound-based brutalism, glitch music, noise, experimental techno, kinetic art, mechatronic music, digital music, computer music, music technology, new interfaces for musical expression, interactive art, sound installation, live-electronics, sensors and actuators, digital art, music programming


BS in Physics from Shahid Beheshti University of Tehran (2009)
BFA in Music Technology from California Institute of the Arts (2012)
PhD from Victoria University of Wellington (2016)


Mo H. Zareei is a sound artist, researcher, and educator. Using custom-built software and hardware, his experiments with sound cover a wide range from electronic compositions to sound-sculptures and audiovisual installations. Regardless of the medium, Zareei’s work is particularly targeted at the point where noise meets grid-based structures. He has exhibited his work at international events and festivals including the Modern Body Festival 2016 (The Hague), International Symposium on Electronic Art 2015 (Vancouver), New Interfaces for Musical Expression conference 2014 (London), International Conference on Auditory Display 2014 (New York), and Lux festival 2014 and 2015 (Wellington).

Zareei's PhD research focused on the intersection of sound-sculpture, glitch music, and Brutalism. His work has been featured on Streaming Museum, Creative Applications, Creators Project, and Fast Company Design. His installation piece “Rasping Music” was the recipient of the 1st prize for sound art in the Sonic Arts Award 2015.

Zareei was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. He holds a B.S. in Physics from Shahid University of Tehran and a B.F.A in Music Technology from California Institute of the Arts. He recently completed his Ph.D at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, where he currently works as a Lecturer in Sonic Arts.

Recent Publications

Zareei, Mo H. "Channelisation of Noise through a Rhythmic Grid: Brutalist Mechatronic Sound-sculpture." PhD Thesis. Victoria University of Wellington, 2016.

Zareei, Mo H., et al. "Sound-based Brutalism: An emergent aesthetic." Organised Sound 21.01 (2016): 51-60.

Zareei, Mo H., Dale A. Carnegie, and Ajay Kapur. "Physical Glitch Music: A Brutalist Noise Ensemble." Leonardo Music Journal 25 (2015): 63-67.

Zareei, Mo H., Dale A. Carnegie, and Ajay Kapur. "Noise Square: Physical Sonification of Cellular Automata through Mechatronic Sound-sculpture."


Teaching in 2020