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The Now of Deep Listening

Pauline Oliveros + Seth Horowitz

Saturday, February 21, 2015
6:00 PM–7:30 PM

A towering figure in the development of experimental and post-war electronic art music, Pauline Oliveros explores the origin of sound with neuroscientist Seth Horowitz.

The promotional partner for this program is Composers Now

About the Speakers

Pauline Oliveros has spent the last sixty years dissolving boundaries in music making. She has 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 is 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 describes 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 explains, simply. Oliveros is founder of Deep Listening Institute, formerly Pauline Oliveros Foundation, now the Center For Deep Listening at Rensselaer.

Seth S. Horowitz, Ph.D. is a neuroscientist whose work in comparative and human hearing, balance and sleep research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and NASA. He has taught classes in animal behavior, neuroethology, brain development, the biology of hearing, and the musical mind. As chief neuroscientist at NeuroPop, Inc., he applies basic research to real world auditory applications and works extensively on educational outreach with The Engine Institute, a non-profit devoted to exploring the intersection between science and the arts. His book The Universal Sense: How Hearing Shapes the Mind was released in 2012. His previous Brainwave was with the tabla maestro Zakir Hussain.

Photo by Vinciane Verguethen

Tickets: $25.00
Member price: $22.50