Awesome, unusual, old, poignant audio interviews or speeches
August 31, 2012 10:51 AM Subscribe
Can you help me find some really interesting, slightly obscure, and (hopefully) poignant interviews, speeches, or recordings of texts? Ideally online? Extra-ideally for FREE?
posted by Dorinda to Society & Culture (6 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I'm looking for some audio recordings of text to use in a dance work that I'm creating. My usual sources for this sort of thing (recordings of poets reading their work) are not interesting to me for this particular project. Unfortunately, I don't know quite exactly what I want instead.
Can you point me towards any online collections or specific instances of interviews, speeches, other recordings of people talking that I can browse through to try and focus in on what I'm wanting? My parameters are generally very loose, but here are the few specifics that I'm looking for:
- I'd prefer it NOT to be a famous/well-known/easily recognizable text or speech
- I'm looking for a contemplative, reflective, possibly (but not nescessarily) sad, possibly (but not necessarily) nostalgic tone. Tone is very important.
- Themes that would be great include (but are not limited to) change, transition, transformation, loss, endurance, coming up for air, etc. HOWEVER, I'm NOT interested in things that are too explicit or literal with their given theme (ambiguity is good)
- I'd prefer a more conversational/less formal format to the recording (i.e. interviews or casual recordings are probably better than formal speeches or lectures)
- Aesthetically, I prefer older recordings to modern ones (pre-WWII would be GREAT), though this is not a deal-breaker
- Most importantly, the recordings would idelly be in the public domain. I will be using it as part of the soundscape for a performance piece, and I'd prefer not to have to track down and deal with copyright issues.....but I could budge on this if I needed to
Sorry for being so vague. Long story short, I'd REALLY like help finding collections of older interviews, speeches, and readings that are available online and that meet some of the criteria listed above. Alternatively, I'd appreciate help refining search terms to get results that point me in the right direction...