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 voice in cinema, a voice not linked to a body (ex. a voiceover). In other words, when we hear a voice and yet see no body with which to synchronize it—when we cannot locate a source onscreen for an audible voice—this voice is acousmatic. Accordingly, the being constituted by this bodiless voice is an acousmêtre. When an acousmatic voice finds a body, or becomes associated with a corporeal form, this voice is said to de- or dis-acousmatize.

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