The operation and integration of sound recording has had a profound effect on the way cultures perceive themselves. With the advent of the phonograph cylinder and the telephone came the widespread discovery of the removal of sound in time, sounds are disembodied from their true sources through recording. Particularly in regard to sound recordings of the human voice, the gesture of disembodiment seriously complicates notions of subjectivity and perception of the self. Is the sound heard in a recording a mere document, or does it possess its own internal logic? In the recording process, what is transferred or extracted from the source?