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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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The Crackle of the Wire: Media, Digitization, and the Voicing of Aboriginal Languages

The Crackle of the Wire: Media, Digitization, and the Voicing of Aboriginal Languages

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Martin Thomas

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DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262013901.003.0005

This chapter explores the confluence of sound recording, language, and digital technologies in Arnhem Land in Australia, owned by Aborigines, and examines how technologies for capturing sound have enabled the Australian Aborigines to keep their knowledge and traditions alive in spite of language loss. It also looks at how the indigenous peoples employed such technologies to “write” their stories even without inscribing them into a semiotic modality that sheds their fundamental oral qualities. The chapter demonstrates how media and digitization have made the voicing of Aboriginal languages possible.

Keywords:   Australian Aborigines, Aboriginal languages, sound recording, digital technologies, Arnhem Land, media, digitization, indigenous peoples

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