“The human voice is the most beautiful instrument of all, but it is the most difficult to play.”

– Richard Strauss



Most of us know the human voice as a versatile tool for communication. It talks, whispers, sings, and screams. Through this bodily instrument, identity and emotion can be produced and heard, expressed and interpreted. Given that humans heavily rely on vision, how does the voice convey so much information even though it is invisible? What does experience of the aesthetic voice tell us about universal similarities and cross-cultural differences? In this blog, I will reveal bio-psychological and socio-cultural perspectives to help explain the phenomenon of the human voice.

Here is an introductory video to demonstrate the versatility of the human voice:


The Cyborg Voice

Using technology in and on the human body can be seen as a way of feeling the world. The term ‘cyborg’ is more a matter of perspective rather than definition.

The Affective Voice: Song (Part 2)

In artistry, there is a popular emphasis on the vitality of bringing unique style to the artist’s own work. Still, there is an audience, a collective, to conform to. In order to ‘successfully’ communicate songs, singers are advised to get the right balance between technique and emotion.


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