Sounding Between Bodies
This chapter explores an ecology of voice relations—it also proceeds by way of a metamorphosis. Instead of concentrating on a case study, it places a variation of vocal utterances and bodies in science, art, and nature alongside one another in an attempt to capture the spirit of a metamorphosis. This is done in order to capture and to capitulate what Deleuze and Guattari in A Thousand Plateaus describe as the becoming-animal in voice. The intention is to expand the infrastructure of audibility so we can hear how it touches simultaneously on multiple scales of sounding in science, art, and philosophy; it simultaneously produces the voice as an imaginary organ of openness and connection, a touching between multiple surfaces, utterances, and iterations, from screams to grunts to rasps to howls. It introduces the concept of a voicescape to capture how voices are relational and ethical, and produce more-than-human communities between animals, humans, and technologies.
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