The Center For Deep Listening

About Us

About the Center for Deep Listening

The Center for Deep Listening at Rensselaer stewards the practice of Deep Listening® pioneered by composer Pauline Oliveros. Deep Listening is, in Oliveros’ words, “a way of listening in every possible way to everything possible, to hear no matter what you are doing.” Our mission at the Center for Deep Listening is to foster creative innovation across boundaries and abilities, among artists and audiences, musicians and non-musicians, and children of all ages.

Established at Rensselaer in June 2014 under the guidance of founding Director, Tomie Hahn, the Center for Deep Listening offers online introductory courses, intensives and certification in Deep Listening, houses the archives of the Deep Listening Institute (founded by Oliveros in 1985), sponsors workshops and retreats in a range of community settings, and connects students with an international community of Deep Listening teachers.

The Center for Deep Listening supports and is supported by a worldwide network of musicians, artists, scientists, and certified Deep Listening practitioners — an ever-growing community of Deep Listeners who strive for a heightened consciousness of the world of sound and the sound of the world.

Stephanie Loveless, Director

Stephanie Loveless (she/her) 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.

She holds MFAs from Bard College and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a certification in Deep Listening with pioneering composer Pauline Oliveros. She is a Lecturer in Arts and Well-being at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the Director of the Center for Deep Listening at Rensselaer.