Kittler and Middleton on the Voice in relation to technology.

This blog entry discusses Richard Middleton’s and Friedrich Kittler’s extensions of the object voice. There is the idea that Kittler associates the gramophone with Lacan’s order of the Real because is records not only the phonemic elements of the voice but also its ‘noise’. Middleton is interested in the voice as a bearer of symbolic meaning and traces of the body.
“While Kittler fathoms Lacanian distinctions of the psyche as beholden to technological changes, Middleton believes that phonographic technologies allow us to perceive our problematic (Lacanian) subjectivities with greater perspicuity.”

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