The Rubin
In a conversation with neuroscientist Seth Horowitz, Pauline Oliveros commented on the power of listening and how it relates to consciousness.

This talk took place at the Rubin Museum on February, 21, 2015.


Pauline Oliveros spent the last sixty years dissolving boundaries in music making. She had been as interested in finding new sounds as in finding new uses for old ones—her primary instrument is the accordion, an unexpected visitor perhaps to musical cutting edge, but one which she approaches in much the same way that a Zen musician might approach the Japanese shakuhachi. Oliveros was the founder of “Deep Listening,” which comes from her childhood fascination with sounds and from her works in concert music with composition, improvisation and electro-acoustics. Pauline Oliveros described Deep Listening as a way of listening in every possible way to everything possible to hear no matter what you are doing. Such intense listening includes the sounds of daily life, of nature, of one’s own thoughts as well as musical sounds. Deep Listening is my life practice,” she explained, simply. Oliveros was the founder of Deep Listening Institute, formerly Pauline Oliveros Foundation, now the Center For Deep Listening at Rensselaer.


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