Haptic Aurality: On Touching the Voice in Drag Lip-Sync Performance

  title={Haptic Aurality: On Touching the Voice in Drag Lip-Sync Performance},
  author={Jacob Mallinson Bird},
  journal={Sound Studies},
  pages={45 - 64}
  • J. Bird
  • Published 2 January 2020
  • Art
  • Sound Studies
ABSTRACT Lip-syncing is a ubiquitous phenomenon within the drag community. From high-femme queens to gender-queer club kids, lip-syncing is the drag queen’s modus operandi. Within this article, I will interrogate a particular claim made by one of London’s premier drag queens, the mononymous Rodent, in which they argue that an intensely high volume of sound is necessary to create a successful lip-sync performance. Using interview quotations from Rodent, I chart the importance of an immersive… 
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