This issue of Riffs emerged out of a partnership with Ideas of Noise festival in Birmingham and a writing event that we organised with the festival in August 2018: Writing with Noise. Some of the contributions were born at this event, others were inspired by the call that followed.
This issue brings together music writers and academics, artists and musicians from the UK, Germany, Poland and New Zealand. In the variety of forms that they take, these contributions have once again transformed Riffs.
In a return to the zine aesthetic that has so inspired our writing events and conference interventions, Riffs has also undergone a visual change. This is something we hope to experiment with over the next couple of issues, and we thank our design team for this issue: Iain Taylor (editorial board member) , Ian Davies and Laura Chen.