Interference Journal Issue 7

Dr. Linda O Keeffe (Editor in Chief)

Linda O Keeffe is a sound artist based in Lancaster, England. She has a BA in Fine Art from IADT and an MA in Fine Art Virtual Realities at The National College of Art and Design, Ireland in 2004. She received a Post Graduate Diploma in Media Studies in 2008 and a PhD from the Sociology Dept. at Maynooth University in 2013 exploring the ‘Co-construction of Post Industrial Soundscapes’. She is a tenured lecturer at the Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Art at Lancaster University.  She lectures in sound studies and runs a postgraduate program in Social Methods within Arts Research Practice.

O Keeffe has exhibited in China the USA, Canada and Europe. Recent work include a commissioned solo exhibition for the Leitrim Sculpture Centre ‘Spaces of Sound and Radio Spaces’.  Her work is predominantly sound based with a focus on installation and performance. She has created works for radio, dance and public installation projects. In 2010 she released an album with Farpointrecordings, Metamorphosis and Praxis. Her written publications include, ‘Thinking Through New Methodologies-Sounding out the city with teenagers’, published by the Qualitative Sociological Review  2015, ‘Memories of sound: socioeconomic, community and cultural soundscapes of Smithfield, Dublin from the 1950s’ forthcoming (2015) in the 2nd Ed. of the Auditory Culture Reader, and Sound is not a simulation: Methodologies for examining the experience of soundscapes, a book chapter published by IGI Global in ‘Game Sound Technology and Player Interaction: Concepts and Developments’.

In 2014 she was a recipient of the Irish Research Council’s New Foundations Award for research, she worked with older adults in the design of sound art using gesture based audio technologies. Along with numerous commissions and arts funding, both in Ireland and internationally,  in 2007 she was awarded a two year Arts Bursary award from the Irish Arts Council in 2007.

She is also president of the Irish, Sound, Science and Technology Association

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. 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.

Dr. Tony Doyle (Journal Manager)

Tony is a creative digital artist, with experience ranging across academic work and professional practice. Originally from a pure music background (classical and jazz performance/composition), his practice has become focused on digital arts. Since being introduced to computer music during his masters studies, he continued to develop this interest for sonic and coding intersections during the course of doctoral research. This work and subsequent post-doctoral research focused on spatial audio in the area of ambisonics and spectral spatialisation. This included both technical development and compositional output. Since then, his practice has grown to incorporate web technologies, data science and machine learning in the production of creative works.

Recently completed projects include; Ringmind, a SciArt collaboration between artists and academics on the physics of a fictional exoplanet • the development of an online interactive learning space, research in a box; activating women in sound, for the women in sound women on sound (wiswos) organisation. • publications in the audio engineering society in the area of ambisonics for spatial audio in domestic interactive environments. • original compositions performed in Europe, US and Asia.

Currently he is working with the artist Linda O’Keeffe to develop another SciArt project with genetic researchers in Edinburgh to examine the technical and ethical uses of CRISPR technology.

Kate Carr (Editor)

Kate Carr is a sound artist from Sydney, Australia currently residing in Belfast. Her work explores our complex and contradictory relationship with the natural world and investigates the blurred boundaries between place, non-place, being and imagining. She runs the Flaming Pines experimental electronic music label, has released music in the USA, Hungary, France, Australia and the United Kingdom, and her work has been included in gallery based installation shows in Sydney, New York, London and Washington DC. Her most recent release is Overheard in Doi Saket, which is based on recordings taken during a residency in Thailand in 2013 and released via the Hungarian field recording imprint 3Leaves.

Dr. Diana Chester (Editor)

Dr. Diana Chester is an interdisciplinary multimedia artist and Digital Media Scholar. Her work draws from sound studies, archival studies, and the ethnographic study of expressive culture in religious festivals and traditions. Her work interacts with the spaces in which they inhabit, which help to inform the physical and theoretical framing of her pieces. Chester is fascinated by patterns in sound and the relationship in the formal qualities of different mediums. This gives organization to her work and informs her compositional approach.


Dr. Chester has held a variety of visiting academic positions including at TISCH School of the Arts at New York University, and Yale-NUS College at the National University of Singapore. She has been an artist in residence at the NMEMNM Digital Residency for Music and Sound Cultures and at the Inter Arts Center in Malmo, Sweden. Her new body of work explores the synergies between sonic composition and modernist arts and literature. Her installations are often technologically complex with a focus on sonic output, and her audiences become key players in these works. Transmedia composition of lived experience becomes the subject of her work, with a focus on the weaving together of sound, image, text, and the object.


Diana has shown her work in a variety of galleries, exhibition spaces, and online forums in the United States, India, Sweden, Norway, the United Arab Emirates, and Australia. These works include: Sonic Storyboard of the Islamic Call to Prayer, IAC Black Gallery, Sweden 2019; Jungle Dreamscape, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney 2018; Theyyam Ritual, Nature, and People, Folklore Village, Kerala, India 2017; Theyyam Nilathezhuthu, Keezhara Gallery, Kannur, India 2016; Sonic Storyboard I, Gallery 4211 Abu Dhabi, UAE 2015; Everyday Life, IMA Hall Kerala, India, 2014; and Babel, New York University Gallery Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2010. She is a Lecturer in Media and Communications at the University of Sydney.

Dr. Robin Parmar (Editor)

Robin Parmar explores the phenomenology of place and the poetics of memory using non-narrative film, generative video, sound installations, and environmental composition. Research interests include psychoacoustics, audio synthesis, radiophonics, post-punk music, and science-fiction. Work in development includes “Music for Glaciers,” a generative audio-visual performance that addresses our place in the Anthropocene. This premiéred on Culture Night in Limerick, Ireland (2019). In 2018, Silent Records released his seventh album “Division By Zero” under the name 7PRS. His film “The Swerve” was selected for Light Moves: Festival of Screendance 2018. Awards include the Invisible Places residency (The Azores, 2017) and an Arts Council Bursary (2017).

Robin is Lecturer in Video, Film, and Visual Communication at the Digital Media Arts Research Centre at the University of Limerick. He is on the board of the Irish Science, Sound, and Technology Association (ISSTA) and runs the record label Stolen Mirror, for which he is visual designer and audio producer. He is also active as a curator and photographer. Visit and