The Call as Sonic Act: Ethics, Interpellation, Engagement

On Tuesday 12 March 2019, Dr Luis-Manuel Garcia gave a lecture entitled “The Call as Sonic Act: Ethics, Interpellation, Engagement” lecture at The Research Centre for the Study of Music, Media and Place at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.

Dr Luis-Manuel Garcia explains, “To call, to call on, to call out, to call up, to call in, to call over. Calls permeate musical and sonic life, drawing us into sticky social webs and tugging on our sense of responsibility. This lecture considers "the call" as a sonic act that exerts a kind of social force on others, raising questions about the ethics of sonic engagement. The recent "ethical turn" in electronic dance music will provide a case study for this exploration, drawing upon Louis Althusser's notion of "interpellation" to make sense of the complex play of power and complicity that takes place when actors call each other into roles, identities, and relationships.”