Mixing and re-mixing argument & song–high academic culture and low pop-culture–the GS, made for another office and practicing Orphic scholarship, abandons the Ivory Tower in favor of that “tower down the track.” (“I embrace the common, I explore and sit at the feet of the familiar, the low.” “Ah ye old ghosts! ye builders of dungeons in the air! why do I ever allow you to encroach on me a moment; a moment to win me to your hapless company? In every week there is some hour when I read my commission in every cipher of nature, and I know that I was made for another office, a professor of the Joyous Science, a detector & delineator of occult harmonies & unpublished beauties, a herald of civility, nobility, learning, & wisdom; an affirmer of the One Law, yet as one who should affirm it in music or dancing, a priest of the Soul yet one who would better love to celebrate it through the beauty of health & the harmonious power of music.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson) Thus, this “Joyous Science” (the troubadour’s gai saber) means that the “Troubadour of Knowledge” puts scholarship not in the service of thanatos (i.e., “murders to dissect,” as the Romantic poet of “high argument,” Wordsworth, put it), but of eros–love, imagination, insight, connexion, synthesis, celebration.
In the lonely, dead of midnight / In the dimness, of the twilight / By the streetlight, by the lamplight… / In the sunlight, in the daylight / And I’m workin’, on the insight… (Van Morrison)
For an insight into the Gypsy Scholar’s Orphic Essay-with-Soundtrack, check out the “Re-VisionRadio Manifesto & Visionary Recital” on the Program Guide page #4 of the website. Given the “Re-VisionRadio” nature of the Tower of Song program, it incorporates the internet with radio. The radio broadcast and the Tower of Song presence in the architecture of cyberspace (revradiotowerofsong.org) are integral parts of one another; they are in fact synergistic. The Tower of Song website’s “Playlists & Images” page contains thematic images that go with each Essay-with-Soundtrack, which mixes Argument & Song. What this means is that while listening to the musical essay you will also have the added visual experience. This audio-visual nature of the radio program opens the possibility for the listener/viewer to have a synaesthetic experience through a free-form radio formant that mixes and re-mixes text, music, image. Thus the concept behind the Tower of Song radio program: Re-VisionRadio.