About Us

The Center for Deep Listening at Rensselaer stewards the practice of Deep Listening® pioneered by composer Pauline Oliveros, providing a unique approach to music, literature, art, meditation, technology, and healing. Our mission is to foster creative innovation across boundaries and abilities, among artists and audiences, musicians and non-musicians, and children of all ages.

The Center for Deep Listening offers an online Deep Listening® Teaching Certification, houses the Deep Listening archives, sponsors Deep Listening workshops and retreats in a range of community settings, and connects students with Deep Listening teachers around the world.

The Center for Deep Listening was established at Rensselaer in June 2014 to steward the continued development of artistic expression, humanitarian scholarship, and understanding of human perception and cognition begun by Pauline Oliveros with her innovative Deep Listening practice decades ago. Oliveros, who taught a course in Deep Listening at Rensselaer since 2001, described it as a form of meditation that opens an expanded world of sound that helps students with learning in all disciplines. The center also assumed stewardship of the Deep Listening Institute that Oliveros founded in 1985 and has been working to expand its educational and research mission on the Rensselaer campus and beyond.

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.

What is Deep Listening?

Composer and pioneer Pauline Oliveros, founder of the practice of Deep Listening, describes the practice as “a way of listening in every possible way to everything possible, to hear no matter what you are doing.” There’s more to listening than meets the ear!

Deep Listening, as developed by Oliveros, explores the difference between the involuntary nature of hearing and the voluntary, selective nature of listening.  The practice includes bodywork, sonic meditations, and interactive performance, as well as listening to the sounds of daily life, nature, one’s own thoughts, imagination, and dreams. It cultivates a heightened awareness of the sonic environment, both external and internal, and promotes experimentation, improvisation, collaboration, playfulness and other creative skills vital to personal and community growth.

Stephanie Loveless, Director

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.

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.