Transposition journal – new special issue available “Sound, Music and Violence”

Dear IASPM members,

We are pleased to announce the publication of the special issue of Transposition “Sound, Music and Violence”

Transposition is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal, supported and co-published by the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) and the Cité de la musique-Philharmonie de Paris. It promotes open research, publishing original articles, commentaries and reviews in open access under a Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 4.0). A member of OpenEdition Journals, Transposition is indexed in the Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM) and the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ,

Best wishes,

Sarah Benhaïm

On behalf of the editorial board of Transposition

Transposition, Hors-série 2 (2020)

Sound, Music and Violence


– Luis Velasco-Pufleau
Introduction. Son, musique et violence
Sound, Music and Violence


– Victor A. Stoichita
Affordance to Kill: Sound Agency and Auditory Experiences of a Norwegian Terrorist and American Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan

– Sarah Kay
Songs of War: The Voice of Bertran de Born

– Nikita Hock
Making Home, Making Sense: Aural Experiences of Warsaw and East Galician Jews in Subterranean Shelters during the Holocaust

Interview and Commentaries

– Luis Velasco-Pufleau
De la musique à la lutte armée, de 1968 à Action directe : entretien avec Jean-Marc Rouillan

From Music to Armed Struggle, from 1968 to Action Directe: An Interview with Jean-Marc Rouillan

– Matthew Worley
Guitars Give Way to Guns: A Commentary on an Interview with Jean-Marc Rouillan

– Timothy Scott Brown
Going Underground: The Politics of Free Music around 1968

– Jeremy Varon
Reflections on a Revolutionary and Music


– Morag Josephine Grant
On Music and War

– Cornelia Nuxoll
Culprit or Accomplice: Observations on the Role and Perception of Music in Violent Contexts in the Sierra Leone War

– Annegret Fauser
Sound, Music, War and Violence: Listening from the Archive

– Michael Guida
Nature’s Sonic Order on the Western Front

– John Morgan O’Connell
Sound Bites: Music as Violence

– Anna Papaeti
On Music, Torture and Detention: Reflections on Issues of Research and Discipline

– Hettie Malcomson
On Sensationalism, Violence and Academic Knowledge

– J. Martin Daughtry
Did Music Cause the End of the World?