Ultrasounds: Pauline Oliveros

 Ultrasounds: Pauline Oliveros


Works Performed or Excerpted:

1.       “Lullaby for Daisy Pauline” – Pauline Oliveros, field recordings, voice with audience voices

2.       “Horse Sings From Cloud” – Pauline Oliveros, accordion and voice


Pauline Oliveros


Pauline Oliveros (1932) composer and improviser has influenced American music extensively with her performances and music. Her career spans more than six decades. As she enters her eightieth year in 2012 she continues vigorously with commissions and performances as well as teaching.  She pioneered the concept of Deep Listening, her practice based upon principles drawn from her work designed to inspire both trained and untrained musicians to practice the art of listening and responding to environmental conditions in solo and ensemble situations. She founded and serves is  executive director of Deep Listening Institute, Ltd. where she leads projects in Deep Listening, Adaptive Use Interface and productions. She is the recipient of the 2009 William Schuman Award from Columbia University for lifetime achievement.  A retrospective from 1960 to 2010 was performed at Miller Theater, Columbia University in New York March 27, 2010 in conjunction with the Schuman award. She received a third honorary degree from DeMontort University, Leicester, UK July 23, 2010. Oliveros is a Professor of Music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and at Mills College.  Recent recordings include Pauline Oliveros & Miya Masoka, Pauline Oliveros & Chris Brown on Deep Listening and Quartet for the End of Space including Mercury Retrograde and CyberTalk, Pogus Records 2011.


Pauline Oliveros on the Experimental Intermedia Series


“My first contact with Experimental Media Foundation was with its founder - Elaine Summers. Elaine coined the word "Intermedia" to name her work that combined dance and film in the early 60s. Intermedia is the combination of two or more artistic disciplines according to Elaine. 
As a result of working with Elaine I met her film intern Phil Niblock. Phil began a series of concerts in his loft using the name Experimental Media Foundation with Elaine's permission. Phil invited me to perform on his series fairly often through the late 70s, 80s and 90s.  

Phil's scene at his loft became a well known haven for experimental music and film and had a large effect for so called downtown music in New York. Phil kept the entry price low - as I remember $3.99. I remember many happy occasions at the loft always meeting up with friends and hearing some really great music that otherwise would be very rare. Experimental Intermedia Foundation continues as a well established venue in New York.” – Pauline Oliveros, 2011


Pauline Oliveros in DRAM



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