The Call as Sonic Act: Ethics, Interpellation, Engagement

Activity: Academic and Industrial eventsGuest lecture or Invited talk


Invited keynote lecture, as part of the 'Scholar in Residence' programme at the Research Centre for the Study of Music, Media and Place – MMaP. The keynote was streamed live and then archived and published on the MMaP's YouTube channel (see links).

ABSTRACT: 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 take place when actors call each other into roles, identities, and relationships.
Period12 Mar 2019
Held atMemorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • electronic dance music
  • sound studies
  • ethics
  • ethnomusicology
  • interpellation