These remarkable audio clips appear here courtesy of Professor Clarke Mackey, Department of Film Studies, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada.
They were featured on his 1998 web site, Memory Palace: Vernacular Culture in the Digital Age, “an audio-visual documentary web site committed to questioning conventional assumptions about art and culture.” They originally appeared on his web site in a now-dated Real Player format, and appear here in MP3 format for MayDay Group use. Please contact Professor Mackey at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. More files to follow!
Ivan Illich 1 On the cultural construction of the “law” of supply & demand.
Ivan Illich 2 On language as a medium for the creation of an administrative state and its subjects
R. Murray Schafer
R Murray Schafer 1 On music’s separation from environment: its placement ‘behind walls.’
R Murray Schafer 2 On music as communal, ritualized action: as “10-fingered grasp” rather than abstr/action.
Christopher Small 1 On music as ritualistic affirmation of particular social relationships: “classical” music as the experience of “vicarious triumph.”
Christopher Small 2 “The most fruitful way to think about music is as an act.”
Christopher Small 3 On the history of jazz as quest for greater intimacy, directness, decentralized community.
Raymond Williams 1 On compulsory education’s trivialization and exclusion of “the local.”
Raymond Williams 2 On the supposed “democratizing” functions of technological advances.
Raymond Williams 3 On the split between political and economic imperatives, and democracy as direct access to decision making.
Raymond Williams 4 On creating incompetence through schooling: “If you can’t do it well enough, you might as well forget it.”
Raymond Williams 5 To be cultivated means learning to shut up.
Raymond Williams 6 On the linkage between the notions of the fixed work and the notion of “property”: The paradoxical result the “work” concept is that it cuts the process off from those on whom its success depends.