Abstract for SAM16

This paper challenges the ontology of singing voice of Hatsune Miku, a virtual persona known as “vocaloid,” and the phenomenology of experiencing this bodiless voice. Through the lens of Lacanian subjectivities, the present study attempts to answer the questions: Where is the singing body? What does it mean to see her “in person”? And how is the act of listening to a virtual voice different from listening to the human voice through the use of, say, headphones? This study concludes by revisiting the way in which the human subjectivity can be reconfigured by sound in the digitized world. (98 words)