Interference Journal Retired

Dr. Linda O Keeffe (Editor in Chief)

Dr Linda O Keeffe is a research led artist working and living in Scotland and has exhibited internationally with commissions from Europe, the UK, Brazil, Asia and the US.  She is senior lecturer of sound in the arts at the University of Edinburgh. Her current body of practice is focused on the intersection of science & technology, ethics and communication, where she has produced a number of art works, published research papers and keynote presentations. In 2017 she was commissioned to develop a body of work for the touring exhibition Sounds Like Her, the work, Hybrid Soundscapes I-IV has been shown in major UK art galleries from 2017 to 2020, and has been featured in publications exploring the role of women in sound. She is currently working on a project funded by Creative Scotland titled Evolving Ourselves with Unnatural Selection, a new collaborative project between artists and researchers that will explore and present some of the ethics and future implications of gene editing through a digital multi-arts approach.

Her work on gender inclusion in the sonic arts has led to the development of the organisation Women in Sound Women on Sound WISWOS, which has partnered with organisations in the UK, Latin America and recently Taiwan.  WISWOS’s goal is to make visible women who work in the multitudinous areas of sound from music technology to sound art, sound and society, the politics of sound, and every area in between. It has created a number of events, workshops and commissioning opportunities for women around the world.  WISWOS’s most recent funded project involved a collaborative project with the Taiwanese organisation Ting Shuo Hear Say to create an opportunity for UK and Taiwanese women working in sound and experimental music to create an album together, Elastic Parallels In 2022 O Keeffe and WISWOS network member Isabel Nogueira, will launch the Book The Body in Sound, Music and Performance, with Routledge, this edited book selected 22 key women writing and working in the areas of sound, performance and music, where discourse or dissemination through practice are strongly reflective of the body as a notional process as well as an actualised reality within the space of sound.

Dr. Rob Mackay

Rob Mackay is a composer, sound artist and performer. He gained a degree in Geology and Music at the University of Keele before going on to complete a Master’s and PhD in Electroacoustic Composition at Bangor University. He is a Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Hull, where he is director of HEARO (Hull Electroacoustic Resonance Orchestra).

Recent projects have moved towards a cross-disciplinary approach, including geology, soundscape ecology, theatre, audiovisual installation work, and human-computer interaction. His work has been performed and exhibited in 18 countries (including several performances on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 1 and Radio France), and a number of his pieces have received international awards (Bourges, EAR, La Muse en Circuit). He has held composer residencies at Slovak Radio (Bratislava), La Muse en Circuit (Paris), the Tyrone Guthrie Arts Centre (Ireland), Habitación del Ruido (Mexico City), and CMMAS (Morelia).

Dr. Diana Chester

Diana Chester is a sound studies scholar, composer, educator, and artist who uses sound as a medium to express and represent information and as a method for generating new knowledge. Diana’s work engages with Sound Studies and Creative Practice in relation to cultural, historical, scientific, and ecological questions. Diana’s research is largely practice-based and relies on field recording and composition to explore sound in diverse contexts around the world working fluidly with multilingual, environmental, and data generated sounds. Current explorations include the study of sound and culture focused on religion and the environment, the audio essay as a form of sonic scholarship, and new artistic methods and practices at the intersection of spacialized media technologies and scientific data. Diana’s monograph, Sonic Encounters: The Islamic Call to Prayer places ethnographic research encounters in conversation with artistic practice and considers the role sound plays in our understanding and reconstruction of culture and religious traditions. Diana has held solo exhibitions in five countries including the USA, Australia, India, UAE, and Sweden. Diana is a Lecturer in the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Sydney.

Dr. Robin Parmar

Robin Parmar explores the phenomenology of place and the poetics of memory using non-narrative film, generative installations, poetic texts, and environmental composition. Research interests include psychoacoustics, visual music, field recording, audio synthesis, radiophonics, and epistemologies of nature. He has released eleven albums: on Silent Records (USA), Gruenrekorder (Germany), and his own Stolen Mirror (Ireland). “Music for Glaciers,” a generative performance, debuted on Culture Night 2019 in Limerick. His film “The Swerve” premiéred at Light Moves: Festival of Screendance 2018. Awards include the Invisible Places residency (The Azores, 2017) and an Arts Council Bursary (2017). Robin has a doctorate in Sonic Creativity from De Montfort University (Leicester, UK) and is Lecturer in Video, Film, and Visual Communication at the University of Limerick (Ireland). He is Vice-President of the Irish Science, Sound, and Technology Association (ISSTA).

Dr. Brian Bridges (Editor)

Brian Bridges is a composer, lecturer and electronic musician from Dublin. His creative work includes sound-based installations, audiovisual pieces and electroacoustic and acoustic composition. Since 2008, he has been a lecturer at the University of Ulster’s School of Creative Arts and Technologies in Derry, Northern Ireland. He is a member of the Spatial Music Collective, a group of Dublin-based composers dedicated to the composition and presentation of spatial music for instruments and electronics. His pieces have been programmed at festivals in the UK, Ireland, Denmark, Cuba, China and Ecuador and he is represented by the Contemporary Music Centre.

Former Board Members

Dr. Rachel O’Dwyer (Founder Member 2010-2017)

Dr. Tony Doyle (Editor/Journal Manager 2012-2021)

Kate Carr (Editor 2017-2020)

Stephen Roddy (Reviews Editor 2018-2019)