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VoicetracksAttuning to Voice in Media and the Arts$
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Norie Neumark

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262036139

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262036139.001.0001

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Ears to the Ground: Voicing Place

Ears to the Ground: Voicing Place

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Voicetracks
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Norie Neumark

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262036139.003.0003

The chapter proposes that voice is always/already situated or grounded. The author encounters works that voice place in ways that speak to new materialism—following lines and plucking strings, ears to the ground and listening to walls, walking and hearing the voices of things in place and the places of things. Artful voices call forth a particular sense of place as they shift our attention to what we don’t normally see or hear in a place. The chapter brings its examples into conversation with theories of vibration, transperception, memory, and atmosphere, including stemming as voicing of atmosphere. Listening transperceptually to voice, one hears how it vibrates and performatively in/forms the space it traverses as voice connects speaking and listening bodies and things physically and affectively with each other as well as and through the spaces and places they share. In this moment of connection, memory speaks.

Keywords:   place, memory, transperception, vibration, affect, memory, new materialism, walking, lines, stemning

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