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VOICEVocal Aesthetics in Digital Arts and Media$
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Norie Neumark, Ross Gibson, and Theo van Leeuwen

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262013901

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262013901.001.0001

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Professor VJ’s Big Blog Mashup

Professor VJ’s Big Blog Mashup

(p.190) (p.191) 10 Professor VJ’s Big Blog Mashup

Mark Amerika

The MIT Press

This chapter is an “autobiographical” account, through the voice of “Professor VJ,” of a vigorous aesthetic performance of a paradoxical voice function: It is an act of digital/remix of his voice, showing that what we consider to be our authentic voice is always/already inherited, a sampling of others, a remixing of our own. Professor VJ is an “appropriation artist” who claims that he does not have a “self” and quotes Kathy Acker, who, in a radio interview, uttered the words “What voice? I just steal shit” when asked where she finds her voice. For Professor VJ, voice is something mashed together of singing and talking, of speaking and breathing, of reading and writing. In the context of his work, the chapter equates “voice” with identity, conceived of as “character.”

Keywords:   Professor VJ, voice, remixing, Kathy Acker, identity, character, singing, talking

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