STS confronts the Vocaloid: Assemblage thinking with Hatsune Miku

Nick Prior*

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In recent years, a number of interlocking theoretical tendencies in science and technology studies have mustered around the idea that societies and cultures are part of a complex web of enrollments, networks, and human-nonhuman conjunctions enacted across a fluid domain of materialities. Drawn to non-totalizing ways of thinking, these tendencies embrace opportunities to reveal the heterogeneous, contingent, and emergent nature of sociotechnical relations and the interwoven mesh-works of technologies and bodies. Wataru Sasaki is a voice snatcher: his main job is to scour the internet for arresting voices. When he finds a voice that interests him, he will often invite the owner of that voice into the recording studio for a few days to record tiny fragments of that person’s singing and speaking voice. The Vocaloid environment itself resembles other music-making software insofar as it represents musical data on a timeline, the data subject to multiple forms of manipulation courtesy of the editing tools.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRethinking Music through Science and Technology Studies
EditorsAntoine Hennion, Christophe Levaux
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780429268830
ISBN (Print)9780367200541
Publication statusPublished - 3 May 2021


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