About the Magazine

NOISE & SILENCE is an adventurous new publication founded by Oxford University students, which will bring you fresh and informed pieces on the issues facing all kinds of music in today’s digital 21st century society.

NOISE & SILENCE aims to make music research accessible, provocative and enjoyable in a non-academic context, for everyone with an interest in music. We hope to become a platform for writing on all kinds of music, composing, creating, performing, listening to music and re-imagine the role of music in today’s society. We want to bring music research to the wider public, both by making a free-to-read website and also reimagining the reach of our content.

Our aim is to create something that bridges the gap between the vast audiences of music-lovers with cutting-edge music research. What does it mean to create music in today’s society? How can we challenge received ideas about genre, listening and the creative process? 

Visit our online platform: www.noiseandsilencemagazine.wordpress.com 

One of my favourite pieces so far is an article by Dr Chris Garrard, ‘Creating Resistance: Art, Music and Activism‘. Read it here!

Noise & Silence Magazine & Public Engagement

NOISE & SILENCE is an online publication that aims to make interdisciplinary, international music-related research and compositional activity accessible and engaging to a wide-ranging audience. We started as two Oxford DPhil students (in our roles as Editor & Creative Director) and set-up a successful crowd-sourcing funding campaign that reached local Oxford networks and readers further-afield in London.

I believe the most successful public engagement projects encourage the public to rethink their views of the world and their knowledge of arts and humanities, while enabling researchers to consider the wider-reaching potential and implications of their research, and, crucially, to learn and act upon these public interactions with their research. Public engagement projects work best when they encourage fun and accessible interactions with knowledge, centred on activity-led and creativity-based approaches to offer enrichment in everyday lives.

As a post-holder for the TORCH Public Engagement Summer School, I have recently embarked on a week of training that I hope will enable to me better implement these public engagement tools in the future and reach wider audiences.