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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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(p.305) 16 Humming

Michael Taussig

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This chapter reflects on humming, which usually implies rhythm—the rhythm of the body in motion. It argues that humming, which involves the voice and is usually sung, moves in and out of understandable language and often works in tandem with body movement. Humming is evident in Iroquois ritual or in the utterance of Winnie-the-Pooh. The chapter stresses the creative force of the voice and its power to make things happen.

Keywords:   Winnie-the-Pooh, voice, humming, rhythm, body movement, Iroquois, ritual

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