Form and Voice of Sound


A sound object is not a given object. We cannot suppose it to already be there. ‘The object,’ Jean Oury tells us, ‘is first and foremost that which we encounter. It is an “event”. The object, in the traditional sense, is the combination of this encounter (tugkanon) and the sayable (lekton)’. What remains, then, is to understand in how sound can—must—become an object, and why. Equally, it remains to be determined how it becomes objectum, throwing itself before perception so as to become audible. None of this goes without saying. However, Aristotle already postulates the object as being indispensable to sensible perception, envisaging it as essentially external to the perceiving individual…