Medium/ Media


The term derives from the Greek “akouw,” for “hearing” (as opposed to deaf) and a range of associated meanings: to hear, to listen or […]

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Acousmatic voice/ Acousmêtre

A term popularized by the work of Michel Chion. In his 1982 book The Voice in Cinema, Chion details the presence of an acousmatic […]

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Structurally, multimedia texts involve eavesdropping, as their viewer is also an active and engaged listener, hearing speech and sometimes thoughts represented as private inasmuch […]

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Embodied Voices

Vocal sound whose production by and relationship to one or more human bodies is made evident to a listener through acts of vocalization or […]

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Language / writing / text

There is a pervasive tendency in the academy to assume (and theorize) equivalence between language, writing, and text. Despite the strenuous attempts of many […]

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A concept that blurs the divisions between the live and mediated. In dialogue with Peggy Phelan’s argument that the “ontology of performance” lies in […]

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Associated with the temporal arts such as film, video, animation, theater, dance, and music, montage, initially a cinematographic term, and its spatial equivalents collage […]

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Starting in the mid 1940s, recording became understood as a technique for music production as well as merely reproducing pre-existing music. An early pracitioner[Schaeffer […]

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The concept, from the Greek “semeion,” “distinctive mark, sign,” was adapted by Bulgarian linguist, psychoanalyst, and sometime feminist Julia Kristeva from “semiology,” Swiss linguist […]

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The spectrum of audible sound is the interval from roughly 20 to 20000 Hz. Any particular audio signal whose total duration is finite has a […]

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