Dr Fabio Morreale

PhD, MCompSc, BCompSc


I am a Lecturer and Coordinator of Music Technology and Director of Research at the School of Music of the University of Auckland. Prior to that, I worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Augmented Instruments Laboratory at Queen Mary University of London and at the Interaction Lab of the University of Trento. I have a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction applied to Music Technology and a MSc in Computer Science. The focus of my research is the critical analysis and innovation in the design of digital musical instruments (DMIs). I have put my theoretical research into practice by developing numerous musical instruments, interfaces, and installations. I am also interested in the creation of digital artworks in which forms of Artificial Intelligence (AI) participates in the work’s creation.

Research | Current

My research is aimed at critically assessing the impact of technology on music creation, learning, and consumption and at designing alternative futures by drawing inspiration from methodologies and epistemologies from different disciplines, among which Human-Computer Interaction, Sociology, and Philosophy.

Teaching | Current

  • MUS 110 - Sound Manipulation
  • MUS 111 - Sound Synthesis
  • MUS 258 - Music Computing
  • MUS 358 - Musical Interface Design
  • MUS 737 - Music Technology Research

Postgraduate supervision

I am currently recruiting master and doctoral students for projects aligned with my research interests but will also consider other topics in the area of Music Technology.


  • Director of Research, School of Music
  • Coordinator of Music Technology

Areas of expertise

  • Human-computer interaction
  • Philosophy of technology
  • Music streaming critique
  • Digital musical instrument design
  • Music & Artificial Intelligence
  • Generative art

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • School of Music Research Committee (Chair)
  • School of Music Executive Committee
  • Faculty of Creative Arts & Industries Research Committee
  • School of Music Academic & Teaching/Learning Committee
  • University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Morreale, F., Bin, A, McPherson, A, Stapleton, P, & Wanderley, M (2020). A NIME of the Times: Developing an Outward-Looking Political Agenda For This Community. Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Related URL.
  • Morreale, F., & Eriksson, M. (2020). “My Library Has Just Been Obliterated”: Producing New Norms of Use Via Software Update. SIGCHI Conference Proceedings Honolulu, Hawaii, United States: ACM. 10.1145/3313831.3376308
  • Morreale, F., Guidi, A., & McPherson, A. (2019). Magpick: an Augmented Guitar Pick for Nuanced Control. Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression Porto Alegre, Brazil. Related URL.
  • Morreale, F., Armitage, J., & McPherson, A. (2018). Effect of Instrument Structure Alterations on Violin Performance. Frontiers in psychology, 910.3389/fpsyg.2018.02436
  • Morreale, F., Moro, G., Chamberlain, A., Benford, S., & McPherson, A. P. (2017). Building a Maker Community Around an Open Hardware Platform. Paper presented at ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), Denver, CO. 6 May - 11 May 2017. PROCEEDINGS OF THE 2017 ACM SIGCHI CONFERENCE ON HUMAN FACTORS IN COMPUTING SYSTEMS (CHI'17). (pp. 12). 10.1145/3025453.3026056


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 8, Room 809
New Zealand

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