Voice recordings and Digital Humanitites: Hidden ideals discovered through acoustic analysis

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Doris Kolesch and Sybille Krämer has named the vocal performance as an event (Kolesch & Krämer, 2006). Through the voice we transmit words but also the performative parameters tempo, timbre, pitch and breath. With the introduction of recording technology about 140 years ago it became possible to capture the human voice. The development of the recording technology since the 1990s has made it possible for everybody to do recordings, and also to begin to analyze the voice not only in linguistic studies, but also in cultural studies. Based on acoustic analysis of more the 100 continuity announcers this paper presents a method to compare different voice recordings across gender and recording technologies that reveal hidden cultural ideals of voice. Furthermore, it points at some of the challenges we as researchers are faced with when analyzing historical voice recordings from theatre performances and radio drama.
Periode30 sep. 2022
BegivenhedstitelThe researcher and the digital archive : Narratives from a user-oriented approach
PlaceringOslo, NorgeVis på kort
Grad af anerkendelseInternational


  • Teaterarkiver
  • Akustisk stemmeanalyse
  • lydarkiver
  • lydoptagelser
  • teknologihistorie