A scholarly voice playground, Paperphone is an interactive audio application that processes voice and sound materials live and in-context. Designed to challenge the privileging of text over act in humanities scholarship, Paperphone is a performative platform for scholars to unravel the expressive potential of voice and audio in sharing academic works.

Paperphone is made to be discoverable. With Paperphone, we want to ignite a praxis-based opportunity for the scholar community to play with poetic and experimental forms of utterances and to explore the semiotics of voice-based effects.

A collaboration with experimental music artist Jonathan Zorn, this project explores the intellectual and sonic potentials – literally and playfully – emerging at a conjuncture between humanities scholarship and sound design. We thank Duke University’s Franklin Humanities Institute and the great folks behind the SoundBox of the PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge for making this project possible.

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