…and this is my voice: autopathophonography and the politics of variable voice
Keywords:voice, cancer, impairment, disability, vocality
This essay describes the production and theoretical context of an audio work entitled “…and this is my voice.” In May and June 2010, I took recordings of my voice while on the way into external beam radiation treatments for an aggressive case of papillary thyroid cancer in my neck. I then used these recordings as the raw material for the work. This essay provides full documentation of the production process for those who may want or need something beyond the original audio work to engage with it fully, as well as a theoretical discussion of the ideology of vocal ability: the belief that voices are expressions of subjects’ inner states and abilities.
Work available at: https://jonathansterne.bandcamp.com/track/and-this-is-my-voice
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