The Center For Deep Listening

A Year of Deep Listening

A Year of Deep Listening is a 365-day celebration of the legacy of Pauline Oliveros, and what would have been her 90th birthday. The Center for Deep Listening at Rensselaer is publishing one text score per day—online and across social media platforms—beginning on Oliveros’ 90th birthday: May 30, 2022.

The scores have been offered by the community of listeners who have been touched by the philosophy and practice of Deep Listening. In addition to marking and celebrating Oliveros’ 90th birthday, this project is an attempt to explore what listening can make possible in the context of our current moment…

We are all ears!

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Day 95 of A Year of Deep Listening

 

Listen here (listen, hear), BY BRIAN PERTL

For Pauline on her 90th listening year.

Brian is a sonic adventurer, Deep Listener, passionate educator, and the Dean of the Lawrence Conservatory of Music. Brian and his soulmate, Leila Pertl, teaches Deep Listening classes both at Lawrence and through the Center for Deep Listening. 

Day 137 of A Year of Deep Listening

 

Soundtrack Listening, by Brenda Hutchinson

Excerpted from “The Little Listening Book” a collection of listening based meditations, strategies, games, etc., developed over the years with and for my classes, among other occasions.

Brenda Hutchinson is a composer and sound artist whose work is based on the cultivation and encouragement of openness in her own life and in those she works with. Through her work with large-scale experiments in socially based improvisations and interactions, Brenda has developed a body of work based on a perspective about interacting with the public and non-artists through personal, reciprocal engagement with listening and sounding. She continues to explore and share with others the conceptual, aesthetic and relational possibilities that arise from this type of activity. Brenda is the recipient of the Gracie Allen Award from American Women in Radio and Television and has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Lila Wallace, McKnight Foundation, NY State Council on the Arts and Meet the Composer among others. Recordings of her work are available through TELLUS, Deep Listening, O.O. DISCS, Frog Peak Music and Leonardo Music Journal. She has been an artist in residence at San Quentin Prison, Headlands Center for the Arts, Harvestworks, Exploratorium, Ucross and Djerassi.

Day 217 of A Year of Deep Listening

 

365 ARK 366, by laure.is.listening@gmail.com

This score is about recognising and owning inner musicianship. Its intimate approach, on the oneiric threshold, is tailored to stimulate, awaken and amplify the foundational crossing plans at the core of the Deep Listening practice. Paced throughout 365 days + 1 the score is offered more as a ‘curatorial structure’ for the Listener to engage with and, almost inadvertently, discover, discern, increase, deepen and harvest the building blocks of his innate musicality.

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Day 49 of A Year of Deep Listening

9% FOR PARKING, BY TOM BICKLEY

Tom Bickley was among the first group to receive the Certificate in Deep Listening from Pauline Oliveros, IONE, and Heloise Gold in 1998. He composes, plays and teaches recorder, performs with Gusty Winds May Exist, Dream Down Duvet, Three Trapped Tigers recorder duo, Doug Van Nort’s Electro-Acoustic Orchestra, co-founded and directs the Cornelius Cardew Choir, and co-teaches Deep Listening courses for the Center for Deep Listening @ RPI. His education includes degrees in music, theology, and library and information. He lives with his spouse Nancy Beckman and cat 虎 in Berkeley, California.

Day 45 of A Year of Deep Listening

[sound-stones], BY Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen

This score was written during a stay at the SÍM artist residency in Reykjavík, Iceland, in March 2020 as a part of Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen’s project Listening Scores [Reykjavík].

Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen is an artist and researcher who works in the intersection between performance art, sound, open technology, and matter. Madsen is currently a doctoral candidate at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture (FI), researching environmental performance art and affective relations in the context of climate change. Madsen is the founder and curator of performance protocols, a nomadic platform for instruction-based art and collaborative processes, and a certified Deep Listening facilitator from the Center for Deep Listening, Rensselaer Polytech Institute (US).
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Day 177 of A Year of Deep Listening

 

PRESCRIPTION FOR LISTENING, by STEPHANIE LOVELESS

Stephanie Loveless is a sound and media artist whose research centers on listening and vocal embodiment. Her recent projects include a mobile web-app for geo-located listening, and sound works that channel the voices of plants, animals, and musical divas. Loveless’ sound, video and performance work has been presented widely in festivals, galleries, museums and artist-run centres in North America, South America, Europe and the Middle East. She currently lives and works in upstate New York where she is a Lecturer at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the Department of Arts, and Director of the Center for Deep Listening at Rensselaer.

 

Day 237 of A Year of Deep Listening

 

YOUR ENVIRONMENT – FIRST IMPRESSIONS, by Brenda Hutchinson

Excerpted from “The Little Listening Book” collection of listening based meditations, strategies, games, etc., developed over the years with and for my classes, among other occasions.

Brenda Hutchinson is a composer and sound artist whose work is based on the cultivation and encouragement of openness in her own life and in those she works with. Through her work with large-scale experiments in socially based improvisations and interactions, Brenda has developed a body of work based on a perspective about interacting with the public and non-artists through personal, reciprocal engagement with listening and sounding. She continues to explore and share with others the conceptual, aesthetic and relational possibilities that arise from this type of activity. Brenda is the recipient of the Gracie Allen Award from American Women in Radio and Television and has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Lila Wallace, McKnight Foundation, NY State Council on the Arts and Meet the Composer among others. Recordings of her work are available through TELLUS, Deep Listening, O.O. DISCS, Frog Peak Music and Leonardo Music Journal. She has been an artist in residence at San Quentin Prison, Headlands Center for the Arts, Harvestworks, Exploratorium, Ucross and Djerassi. http://www.sonicportraits.org/

Day 135 of A Year of Deep Listening

 

let the wind rinse your ears, by Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen

Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen is an artist and researcher who works in the intersection between performance art, sound, open technology, and matter. Madsen is currently a doctoral candidate at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture (FI), researching environmental performance art and affective relations in the context of climate change. Madsen is the founder and curator of performance protocols, a nomadic platform for instruction-based art and collaborative processes, and a certified Deep Listening facilitator from the Center for Deep Listening, Rensselaer Polytech Institute (US).

Day 13 of A Year of Deep Listening

 

The Shape of Sound, by Laurie Polster

This score is the initial section of longer score, “The Shape of Sound”, exploring how drawing sound affects the experience of listening and vocalizing. Visualizing sound working with both sides of the body to kinesthetically experience sound, becomes an avenue for deep listening. The full score continues with slowly vocalizing the sound you’ve focused on, listening with your entire body, and creating the shape with your voice for as long as possible, building it slowing and bringing it back down to quiet. I composed the full score while studying with Pauline and dedicate it to her.

Laurie Polster is a cross-disciplinary artist, vocalist/musician and composer. Her work in video, audio composition, installation, sculpture, performance, and text pieces reflects her focus on issues relating to culture, memory, and natural phenomenon. Her work is exhibited nationally and held in numerous public and private collections. She’s received grants, awards and residencies, including a Jerome Foundation Fellowship and Artist Residencies at Anderson Ranch Arts Center. She holds an M.F.A. in Art from Massachusetts College of Art, and an M.F.A. in Electronic Music from Mills College.