Sonic Scope: New Student Journal

An e-journal for student voices to challenge, energise and diversify engagement with audiovisual media

Sonic Scope invites fresh, intrepid and dynamic student voices to re-imagine and revise critical, interdisciplinary approaches to audiovisual media. Today’s accelerated media landscape offers an unprecedented range of audiovisual experiences, from dynamically reactive video games and ultra HD sports events, to live-streamed political rallies and YouTube vlogs. Within this expanding landscape, the relationship of music and sound to image has undergone radical cultural and aesthetic upheaval. Sonic Scope intervenes in this shifting media terrain by engaging with audiovisual events as they happen. At the same time, it uses contemporary debates to revitalise discourse on traditional audiovisual forms, such as film, opera, theatre, the sounding visual arts and intermedial music.

We invite students to join our online community by submitting papers for peer-review (any length up to 12,000 words), video essays (up to 15 minutes) and practice-based research (in any form), but also to participate in interactive discussion spaces and blog debates. Each issue will begin with a Call and Response. Our first question has been proposed by Henry Jenkins (pasted below) and we invite students to respond in any form: text, drawing, animation, sound, video, performance, poetry, comic-strip, anything!

Sonic Scope welcomes submissions in all areas of audiovisual culture, but we are particularly interested in the relationship between sound and image in the following:

•       Online cultures, social media and YouTube

•       Soundscape and sound design

•       Transmedial storytelling

•       Video game sound and music

•       Multimodal and interdisciplinary approaches to opera, theatre and film

•       Augmented, virtual and hyper realities

•       Work created by the LGBTQ+ communities

•       Music video

•       Theoretical engagements with gender, race, sexuality and disability

•       Music and the visual arts

•       Film music analysis and history

•       Visual music and experimental culture

•       Global histories and perspectives

•       Video art and expanded cinema

•       Live audiovisual performance

*The submission deadline for our first issue is 6 April 2020*

Sonic Scope is edited by postgraduate students from the Department of Music at Goldsmiths, University of London: Regan Bowering, Calum White, Hugo Craft-Stanley and Raymond Sookram. Our editorial board is formed from students in the UK, the US, Australia, New Zealand and all over Europe.

The journal is managed by Dr Holly Rogers and hosted by Goldsmiths Press.

General queries: Holly Rogers –