RIP Pauline Oliveros (May 30, 1932 – November 25, 2016)

I just discovered her inspiring work a couple of months ago when diving into experimental electronic music. She was an accordionist, composer, teacher, known by her concepts of “Deep Listening” and “sonic awareness”. She founded Deep Listening Institute, that provides “a unique approach to music, literature, art, meditation, technology and healing”. She developed the AUMI software with her students, enabling anyone, especially children with physical or cognitive disabilities to play music and improvise with each other.

“Deep Listening promotes experimentation, improvisation, collaboration, playfulness and other creative skills vital to personal and community growth. Plus it’s a ton of fun.”
Here’s a collaboration with Ellen Fullman, another contemporary composer with her own-built Long String Instrument:

“The ear hears, the brain listens, the body senses vibrations. Listening is a lifetime practice that depends on accumulated experiences with sound.”
“Music schools program ear training classes. But the ear can’t be trained. What really happens is a cultivation of musical mind.”
Listen to her talking about the difference between hearing and listening at TEDx:

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