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Author Young, Miriama, 1975- author.

Title Singing the body electric : the human voice and sound technology / Miriama Young.

Published Farnham : Ashgate, [2015]
Farnham, Surrey Burlington, VT Ashgate, [2015]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Southbank High Use/Overnight  783.04 YOUN  2HR OR O/NIGHT  AVAILABLE
Physical description 223 pages ; 24 cm
Notes Formerly CIP. Uk.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction -- 1. Electric voice, plastic body : vocal materiality and cultural consumption -- Voice I. Trevor Wishart -- 2. Cut and splice : vocal cuts and loops, dissected and aberrant bodies -- Voice II. Katharine Norman -- 3. Machine as voice, voice as machine -- Voice III. Paul Lansky -- 4. Scratch and mix : sampling the human voice in the (metaphorical) phonograph -- Voice IV. Eduardo Reck Miranda -- 5. Quiet interiors : the voice and pod listening -- Voice V. Bora Yoon -- Concluding remarks -- Appendix : list of electro-vocal works for further reference.
Summary 'Singing the body electric' explores the relationship between the human voice and technology, offering startling insights into the ways in which technological mediation affects our understanding of the voice, and more generally, the human body. From the phonautograph to magnetic tape and now to digital sampling, Miriama Young visits particular musical and literary works that define a century-and-a-half of recorded sound. She discusses the way in which the human voice is captured, transformed or synthesised through technology. This includes the sampled voice, the mechanical voice, the technologically modified voice, the pliable voice of the digital era, and the phenomenon by which humans mimic the sounding traits of the machine. The book draws from key electro-vocal works spanning a range of genres - from Luciano Berio's 'Thema: Omaggio a Joyce' to Radiohead, from Alvin Lucier's 'I Am Sitting in a Room', to Bjork, and from Pierre Henry's 'Variations on a Door and a Sigh' to Christian Marclay's 'Maria Callas'. In essence, this book transcends time and musical style to reflect on the way in which the machine transforms our experience of the voice.The chapters are interpolated by conversations with five composers who work creatively with the voice and technology: Trevor Wishart, Katharine Norman, Paul Lansky, Eduardo Miranda and Bora Yoon. This book is an interdisciplinary enterprise that combines music aesthetics and musical analysis with literature and philosophy.
Subject Voice.
Sound -- Recording and reproducing.
Electronic music -- History and criticism.
Music -- Philosophy and aesthetics.
Voice -- Psychological aspects.
Sound recordings -- Production and direction.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
ISBN 9780754669869 (hardcover : alk. paper)
0754669866 (hardcover : alk. paper)