Calum White - Co-Editor-in-Chief
Calum is currently a Master’s student, studying Popular Music Research at Goldsmiths, University of London, having received a First-Class Honours in Popular Music from Goldsmiths in 2019. His principal areas of research is film music, having explored thematic and subtextual resonance in narrative film soundtracks in his undergraduate dissertation. His master’s research involves exploring surrealism, postmodernism and narrative dissonance in mainstream film soundtracks. Additionally, Calum has explored topics surrounding music video and its influence on post-classical cinema, aesthetics in film, and political, philosophical and economic issues in popular music, from Taylor Swift to Bruce Springsteen. Before beginning his studies at Goldsmiths, Calum acted as a composer-for-hire, writing scores for interactive theatrical performances and local businesses, as well as a solo singer-songwriter, playing consistently throughout the UK.
Hugo Craft-Stanley - Co-Editor-in-Chief
Hugo is a Master’s student studying Musicology at Goldsmiths, University of London. Prior to beginning this Master’s degree, he received a First-Class Honours in Music from Goldsmiths in 2019. His present research focuses on the archive of experimental musician and sound poet Lily Greenham, housed in Goldsmiths’ Special Collections, focusing on the difficulty of documenting ephemeral performance moments and exploring the sensory experience of archival objects and sound. He has previously written about contemporary practices of audiovisual self-narration on social media platforms, transmedia and fan participation in popular media franchises, the increasing popularity of musical analysis on YouTube and the role of sound and music in personal and familial memory. As a creative practitioner, Hugo explores songwriting and composition as autobiographical practices and is currently experimenting with sound poetry and free improvisation.
Regan Bowering - Associate Editor
Regan Bowering is currently a Master’s student in Popular Music Research at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she also completed her Undergraduate studies in 2019. Her current research explores the intersections of popular music history, technology and audiovisual cultures, with a particular focus on rhythm and aesthetic experience. She is currently the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Sonic Scope, a new student-led journal on audiovisual cultures. Prior to her academic research, Regan worked for 9 years as an event producer, programmer, marketing manager and musician.
Raymond Sookram - Associate Editor
As Associate Editor, Raymond is responsible for submissions concerning interactive sound and cultures - including video games - alongside additional categories involving television series, films, commercials, news programming, comics, psychology and politics. Raymond is a composer, pianist, drummer, writer, associate lecturer and current student in the PhD pathway in Music at Goldsmiths, University of London. His present research concerns the simultaneous receptions of video game music and concept of character when experienced by gamers and viewers alike across several media platforms, a phenomenon known as transmedia. Raymond’s academic focus has broadened within and beyond video game music to encompass major popular musical works and political expression in music. Recent research includes examinations on transmedial sound and parody of the Batman franchise within Level 2 of The Simpsons Game and the argument for politicised speech as a form of popular music. Alongside his research, Raymond has released albums which focus on ambient sound textures and the acceptance of ‘mistakes’ and wrong notes during improvisations.