Interference: Sound Methods


Some weeks ago a new issue of Interference journal was published, featuring great essays by Mark Peter Wright, Iain Foreman, Kim Cascone, Leandra Lambert, among others.

For this issue of Interference we invited papers that addressed any aspect of auditory cultures but placed some emphasis on the methodologies and frameworks that informed research and practice. Sound is an epistemological practice and methodology that is now brought to bear in areas such as sociology, anthropology, geography and cultural studies, to name just a few disciplines. Auditory practices now complement, augment or replace existing methods. This becomes about listening in the traditional sense – to spaces, histories or discourses – but it is also about developing particular embodied, temporal, or ambulatory attitudes to empirical enquiry. There is a ‘sonic sensibility’ and the approaches featured in this volume suggest that this goes beyond simply lending the world an ear. However, we also recognise that Sound Studies is now so well-established in its own right that it is time to take stock of the methods and approaches that constitute the discipline…