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Hardcover | $45.00 Short | £37.95 | 232 pp. | 6 x 9 in | 26 b&w illus. | May 2017 | ISBN: 9780262036139
eBook | $32.00 Short | May 2017 | ISBN: 9780262339827
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Attuning to Voice in Media and the Arts


Moved by the Aboriginal understandings of songlines or dreaming tracks, Norie Neumark’s Voicetracks seeks to deepen an understanding of voice through listening to a variety of voicing/sound/voice projects from Australia, Europe and the United States. Not content with the often dry tone of academic writing, the author engages a “wayfaring” process that brings together theories of sound, animal, and posthumanist studies in order to change the ways we think about and act with the assemblages of living creatures, things, places, and histories around us.

Neumark evokes both the literal—the actual voices within the works she examines—and the metaphorical—in a new materialist exploration of voice encompassing human, animal, thing, and assemblages. She engages with artists working with animal sounds and voices; voices of place, placed voices in installation works; voices of technology; and “unvoicing,” disturbances in the image/voice relationship and in the idea of what voice is. She writes about remixes, the Barbie Liberation Organisation, and breath in Beijing, about cat videos, speaking fences in Australia, and an artist who reads (to) the birds. Finally, she considers ethics and politics, and describes how her own work has shaped her understandings and apprehensions of voice.

About the Author

Norie Neumark, a sound and media artist, is Honorary Professorial Fellow at Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, and Emeritus Professor at La Trobe University in Melbourne. She coedited At a Distance: Precursors to Art and Activism on the Internet and VOICE: Vocal Aesthetics in Digital Arts and Media, both published by the MIT Press.


“Norie Neumark, in Voicetracks, creates a rich palette of auditory voice events, from human to animal to technological voices, that left me reeling and relistening. Excellent.”
Don Ihde, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, Stony Brook University
“Norie Neumark’s Voicetracks is an essential study of the voice for the posthuman present. Shifting from the purely anthropocentric, the author argues for hearing the voice as a complex phenomenon enabling new affective entanglements of organic and virtual, human to nonhuman entities and events. In doing so, Neumark frees the voice from any single theory or material body, grounding it instead within our transdisciplinary and connective experiences.”
Brandon LaBelle, Professor, University of Bergen; author of Lexicon of the Mouth: Poetics and Politics of Voice and the Oral Imaginary