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® developed 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.

On campus at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, introductory and advanced courses in Deep Listening are offered to an interdisciplinary body of both undergraduate and graduate students. The CDL also offers workshops to the full campus community (faculty, staff, and students) on the connection between listening and well-being.

The CDL’s current research includes the social media publication project,  A Year of Deep Listening (a community-driven exploration of the social, political, and ecological potential of Deep Listening), and a lecture series on Listening Practices and Decoloniality (2022-2024). Center director, Stephanie Loveless’ co-edited volume, Situated Listening (forthcoming in 2024 via Routledge), is a collection of essays that contribute theories and practices of embedded, contextual, and critical listening to growing literature in the field of sound studies.

Where we are located

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where the Center for Deep Listening is housed, is located in Troy, New York, on the ancestral homelands of the Mohican people (who were forced from here and whose community now resides in Wisconsin and is known as the Stockbridge-Munsee Community) and of the Haudenosaunee people. To learn more about, and to support, these communities, visit the websites of the Stockbridge-Munsee Community and the Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community.

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.