Extra Sonic Practice (ESP) (ESP) are a group of scholars and artists from the University of Lincoln who work with sound in multiple contexts and configurations. Playfully and knowingly (re)appropriating the abbreviation from its origin – Extra Sensory Perception – ESP is a response to the growing prevalence of sound within various disciplinary contexts. I joined the group in 2018 and since we have organised a number of events around the idea of 'Tuning'.
‘Tuning’ is a series of workshops, talks and experimental interventions that aim to interrogate the metaphor of ‘tuning’ beyond its musical framing. 'Tuning' events interrogate how different forms of socio-political and affective acts of tuning have and continue to shape histories, social systems, institutions as well as political structures. In line with a feminist writer Sara Ahmed, who argues that: ‘the note heard as out of tune is not only the note that is heard most sharply but the note that ruins the whole tune’ (2017, 87), the events use the concepts of ‘attunement’/‘in tune’/‘out of tune’ as a meeting point for addressing the following question: what does it mean to be ‘in tune’ or 'out of tune’? How do the processes of ‘tuning’ affect our ‘place’ in the world?