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Sound Matters is SEM's online forum for addressing a variety of subjects related to music, sound, and ethnomusicology. We seek lively and accessible posts that provide stimulating reading for both specialists and general readers. We encourage authors to consider this an opportunity to transcend the boundaries of traditional print with brief writings that may integrate hyperlinks and multimedia examples.

Possibilities for Sound Matters include research vignettes, profiles of cultural organizations, interviews, working notes, roundtables, virtual symposia, and meditations on timely subjects that encourage responses. Content is moderated by the editor, who may also consult outside reviewers.

Editor: Eliot Bates, soundmattersblog@gmail.com

Editorial Guidelines


Posts may follow any recognized editorial standards. The Editor, in consultation with the Advisory Board if necessary, may choose to make minor alterations in matters of style when it seems that our readers will be better served. Specific guidelines are as follows:

  • Posts may be up to 1000 words, in English.
  • Post titles should indicate content as succinctly as possible.
  • Submissions previously published only on the author’s personal blog will be considered.
  • Manuscripts should be submitted to the Editor, Eliot Bates, at oudplayer@gmail.com as email attachments in Microsoft Word; please include an abstract in the email text.
  • Visual illustrations, including musical examples, must be jpg files.
  • Sound illustrations must be mp3 files.
  • Video illustrations must be mp4 files or videos hosted online with embedding codes (e.g., those on YouTube).
  • Suggestions for tags are welcome; these should be general categories, not personal names or other more specific information. Tags serve two purposes: linking posts on related topics and adding keywords not already in the text.

Editorial Advisory Board

The Sound Matters Editorial Advisory Board is tasked with broad issues such as establishing blog guidelines, and stands ready for consultation on any matters that the Editor deems beyond the realm of peer review. The Board is chaired by the Editor. The current members are:

  • Eliot Bates, Chair (The Graduate Center, City University of New York)
  • Farah Zahra (The Graduate Center, City University of New York)
  • Brian Bond (The Graduate Center, City University of New York)
  • Luis-Mañuel Garcia (University of Birmingham, United Kingdom)

Founding Editorial Advisory Board

  • James Cowdery, Founding Editor-in-Chief (RILM)
  • Nilanjana Bhattacharjya (Arizona State University)
  • Rachel Colwell (University of California at Berkeley)
  • Sandra Graham (Babson College)
  • Frederick Moehn (King’s College London)


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