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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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Voice-Cast: The Distribution of the Voice via Podcasting

Voice-Cast: The Distribution of the Voice via Podcasting

(p.33) 3 Voice-Cast: The Distribution of the Voice via Podcasting

Virginia Madsen

John Potts

The MIT Press

This chapter, which focuses on podcasts and the way they revive the participatory nature and programming diversity of radio before it evolved into music formats, explores how podcasting distributes the voice in a novel way that extends voices—and voice performances in particular—through space and potentially through time. It argues that one of the key attributes of podcasting which may be considered truly new and even revolutionary is its ability to create a new and extended sphere for the performance of the essentially acousmatic voice. Acousmatic voice refers to the transmission and reception of voices (people and things) while their origin remains invisible. After providing a short genealogy of podcasting, the chapter considers the phenomenon within the history of the technologizing of the voice: Its “faithful” and playful recording, reproduction, and distribution. It then looks at the potential of the digitized podcast voice by surveying recent applications of podcasting in various forms, including public radio.

Keywords:   voice, podcasting, public radio, music, acousmatic voice, digitized podcast voice, voice recording, voice reproduction, voice distribution, voice performances

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