International Call and Response: Ladyz in Noyz
The musical pattern/technique of ‘call and response’ is useful to the understanding of the mutual practices of feminist collectives. The roots of ‘call and response’ in musical discourse lie within a framework where a leader presents a space for democratic direct interaction by introducing a line of music/sound/words. An immediate aural reaction is returned in kind, signifying the singular expressions of reciprocation/accordance/enquiry invoked from members within the performance space.
In this film, a call was made out to the international ‘Ladyz in Noyz’ collective, a virtual collaborative network of women practitioners in experimental musics and sound arts. The network functions as a frame or ‘the leader’ in which all that participate are acknowledged and counted as unique and integral voices to the whole community. The initial call/performance was sent out to members and responses were culled in this audiovisual collage. In addition to being a document to the ideals of the ‘Ladyz in Noyz’ network, this film exemplifies the ways music and feminist networking can be demonstrated, heard, and seen.
- Marlo Eggplant (Leeds, UK/ Baltimore, MD)