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Interference: A Journal of Audio Culture

September 16, 2010


Journals on sound and auditory culture seems to be popping up everywhere these days, Here’s yet another one.


“Interference” is a peer-reviewed open-access journal providing a forum on the role of sound within cultural practices, and a trans-disciplinary platform for the presentation of research and practice in areas such as acoustic ecology, sensory anthropology, sonic arts, musicology, technology studies and philosophy. It is funded by the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media (Gradcam), the Centre for Telecommunications Research (CTVR) in Trinity College Dublin, and Dublin Institute of Technology’s School of Art, Design and Printing.

They have just announced the first call for papers detailed below and are accepting abstracts from interested parties.


Interference: A Journal of Audio Culture, are pleased to announce a call for papers for the inaugural issue “An Ear Alone is Not a Being”: Embodied Mediations in Audio Culture, to be launched in the Spring of 2011.

To what extent are acoustic practices embodied? How does physical embodiment shape auditory cognition? What role do processes such as biofeedback and genetic algorithms play in contemporary musical practices? What kinds of idealised listening subjects are encoded in acoustic algorithms such as codecs, head-related transfer functions or binaural recording specifications? How are psychoacoustic effects deployed for and against the body? How might we speak about listening practices that extend beyond the ear to sensorial or haptic accounts of audition?

The inaugural issue of Interference investigates the mediative role of the body in sonic practices. Embodied mediation presumes a reciprocal process: we explore how listening experiences and acoustic practices are shaped by corporeality, but we also attend to the many ways in which these processes work upon that body, through psychophysical affect and the representation and encoding of embodied subjects in acoustic performances, technologies, and cultural artefacts. Submissions may take the form of academic articles or statements of research and practice.

Proposals for this issue of Interference might address, but not exclusively, some of the following issues and points of discussion:

  • Research in Embodied Music Cognition
  • Phenomenology of Sound
  • Biofeedback: the role played by corporeality in sonic arts, musical practices, performance and design
  • Sonic Dominance: the use of acoustic properties as affective tools
  • Sonic Mediations: Exploring the mediative role of the body between cognitive response and acoustic environment. Exploring the relationship between the body and tools for acoustic composition and performance.
  • Encoding Bodies: An exploration of how the body might be represented or encoded in practices as diverse as instrument design, networked performances, psychoacoustic algorithms, prosthetic devices etc.
  • Haptic or intersensory listening practices

Interference balances its content between academic and practice based research and therefore accepts proposals for both academic papers and accounts of practice based research.

Deadline for Abstracts October 31st 2010 to

Deadline for Final Papers January 15th 2011 to

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