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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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Unvoice in Media and the Arts: Voice Going off the Rails

Unvoice in Media and the Arts: Voice Going off the Rails

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Norie Neumark

The MIT Press

This chapter introduces the figure unvoice to listen to works where the usual relationship between soundtrack and image track is disturbed and disturbing. As unvoicing breaks the usual synchronization and hierarchy of image over sound, their very relationship becomes audible. The chapter works with the figures of ‘un,’ medianatures, minor aesthetics, and ekphrasis, bringing them into conversation with works ranging from YouTube lip-syncing remixes to artful animations, from machinima to cat videos, from video artworks to installations. It encounters unvoicing in works of portraiture and subtitling. Whether accidental or purposeful, unvoicing thinks the relations of voice, soundtrack and imagetrack anew.

Keywords:   unvoice, soundtrack and imagetrack, medianatures, minor aesthetics, ekphrasis, cat videos, machinima, lip-sync, subtitling, portraits, un

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