DRAM and Sound American Explore Deep Listening

Posted on Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Composer, improviser, educator, and theorist Pauline Oliveros and her music have been an integral part of DRAM since its inception. Her Deep Listening concept has many adherents in new music and improvisation and, since her 80th birthday, a new generation of performing ensembles has taken up her communal-minded, text-based scores and are programming them alongside such contemporary compositional stalwarts as Iannis Xenakis and Giacinto Scelsi.

Issue #7 of Sound American focuses both on Oliveros as composer and Deep Listening as a tool to unlock the creativity of a composer. The issue features essays by Miya Masaoka, David Rothenberg, and Paula Matthusen as well as a "mixtape" of streaming tracks and an interview with Pauline. Also included in this issue is an interview with Ghost Ensemble about working with Pauline Oliveros and how Deep Listening has informed their new, "experiential" model of contemporary music programming. SA7 also includes exclusive recording and texts by some of the leading lights in international experimental music as a sort of festschrift to Oliveros and Deep Listening.