Revisiting the voice in media and as medium – New materialist propositions

Author(s): Tiainen, Milla


Approached with varying attention to its sensory, auditory, and signifying dimensions, over the past decades the voice has attracted repeated investigation and theorisation in research and discussions about media. The voice in media has been explored and conceptually defined by a series of undertakings, from enquiries in film studies to recent examinations of sound in the digital era. Whether overtly or more implicitly, diverse approaches both under and beyond film and media studies have also speculated about the voice itself as a medium or as involved in crucial processes of mediation. To this extent, the voice has become implicated in the very concepts of ‘media’ and ‘mediation’ – terms whose uses span a famously multi-layered range.

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Tiainen, Milla: Revisiting the voice in media and as medium – New materialist propositions. In: NECSUS. European Journal of Media Studies, Jg. 2 (2013), Nr. 2, S. 383-406. DOI:
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