Towards a Media Theory of the Voice in the Light of Speech Synthesis
Mankind’s fascination with the human voice is as old as mankind itself. In two of the most prominent collections of ancient myths — Ovid’s Metamorphoses and Homer’s Odyssey — the human voice is a crucial topos. The specific role and epistemic-situational embeddedness of the (non)human voice in both myths-collections reveal its two main media techniques, namely, phonographic voice reproduction and synthetic voice production.
In the Metamorphoses, Ovid writes about the meeting of Narcissus and Echo, who is still embodied.