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!

Follow the project below, or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Day 80 of A Year of Deep Listening

 

WHEN LONELY, BY ZOVI MCENTEE

Zovi, aka Elizabeth McEntee, is a musician, writer, artist, and puppeteer from the New York City area. She studied under Pauline throughout her time at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute from when she was an undergraduate freshman in 2010, and she assisted with both Deep Listening Conferences in 2013 and 2014 at EMPAC. Since then, she has never stopped exploring new directions in sound, music, and artistic collaboration over distances.

Day 79 of A Year of Deep Listening

AMPLIFIED SILENCE, BY PAMELA Z

Pamela Z is a composer/performer and media artist making works for voice, electronic processing, samples, gesture activated MIDI controllers, and video. Her work has been presented at venues and exhibitions including Bang on a Can (NY), the Japan Interlink Festival, Other Minds (SF), the Venice Biennale, and the Dakar Biennale. She has composed scores for dance, film, and chamber ensembles (including Kronos Quartet). Her awards include the Rome Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, Doris Duke Artist Impact Award, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, the Herb Alpert Award, and United States Artists.

Day 78 of A Year of Deep Listening

 

Cloud, BY Joe Hayes

Joe Hayes (he/they) is a composer, songwriter, and musician from Connecticut. Setting, memory, and time are common themes in his music. He is also interested in our relationship with the natural environment and how sound plays a role in this relationship. Recent projects of theirs include a piece for the Hartt School’s Foot in the Door Ensemble, a collection of ambient albums exploring audio fidelity and its connection to perception of time and space, and an upcoming album of folk-inspired songs. Hayes is currently studying Composition and Music Production & Technology at the Hartt School.

Day 77 of A Year of Deep Listening

 

Seagull Song, BY Claire Gorman

Claire Gorman is a community musician, composer and advocate of the Hokey Cokey. She loves playing with other people, writing tunes, creating sound-worlds, leading choirs and instigating small musical happenings.

Her current interests include free improvisation, non-traditional scores, Deep Listening and geopoetics, and exploring how these ideas and practices can inform participatory music-making.

Projects include City Soundscapes, Dandelion and The Outlandish Creatures.

 

Day 76 of A Year of Deep Listening

 

Soundfield Memory Restoration Archive #2, BY Anne Bourne

Anne Bourne artist/composer, mentor, traveller based in Tkaronto/Toronto, improvises emergent streams of cello sonics, voice, digital image and text. Seasoned in International recording and concert touring, Anne became a creative improviser with composer Pauline Oliveros, and a facilitator of empathic collective gesture through a listening practice developed in Oliveros’ Sangre de Cristo deep listening retreats. A Chalmers Fellow 2023, Anne observes shorelines as difference in coalescence, through walking, listening and field recording creates sound in attunement to the spectral wave patterns of water.

Day 75 of A Year of Deep Listening

 

bayou-borne, BY Annea Lockwood

New Zealand-born American composer Annea Lockwood (b. 1939) brings vibrant energy, ceaseless curiosity, and a profound sense of openness to her music. Lockwood’s lifelong fascination with the visceral effects of sound in our environments and through our bodies—the way sounds unfold and their myriad “life spans”—serves as the focal point for works ranging from concert music to performance art to multimedia installations.

In recent years Lockwood and her music have received widespread attention, including a Columbia University Miller Theatre Composer Portrait concert, a feature article in The New York Times, a SEAMUS Lifetime Achievement Award, a documentary film by director Sam Green, and most recently, election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her recent collaborative works Into the Vanishing Point with the ensemble Yarn/Wire and Becoming Air with avant-garde trumpeter Nate Wooley were released on Black Truffle Records to great acclaim. Her work has been presented internationally at institutions and festivals such as Lucerne Festival, Tectonics Athens Festival, Signale Graz, Counterflows International Festival of Music and Art, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, and many others.

Day 74 of A Year of Deep Listening

 

We Are Hear, BY LEILA RamagoPal Pertl

Leila Ramagopal Pertl is a passionate advocate for placing student collaborative creativity at the center of their music education. She teaches for the Center for Deep Listening, is professor of Music Education at Lawrence University and is the Music Education Curator for the Mile of Music Festival. She is the College Music Society chair for Cultural Inclusion, chair of Composition and Improvisation for the WMEA Council, and serves on the Smithsonian Folkways Music Education Committee. Leila continues to study Ghanaian Ewe music and Samba. She believes that music is a birthright, and loves being with people in collaborative, creative spaces!

 

Day 73 of A Year of Deep Listening

 

Together-Apart, BY Fulya Uçanok

Fulya Uçanok is an electroacoustic musician and pianist; composing and improvising.
She composes electroacoustics and mixed music, performs electronics and piano (with inside-piano techniques) in improvisation settings, either solo or with other musicians.
She is currently interested in response-able sympoietic sounding practices with humans and more-than-humans, practices of material agency with instruments, accessibility without popularization within the medium of electroacoustic music aesthetics, composition and performance practices.


 

 

Day 72 of A Year of Deep Listening

 

Text score for Waiting, BY Maria Chavez

Born in Lima, Peru and based in NYC, Maria Chávez is best known as an abstract turntablist, sound artist and DJ. Coincidence, chance & failures are themes that unite her book objects, sound sculptures, installations & other works with her improvised solo turntable performance practice.

Currently, Maria is on the cover of the textbook on the History of Experimental & Electronic music by Routledge Publishing. Her large scale sound & multi-media installations along with other works have been shown at the Getty Museum, the JUDD Foundation in Marfa, TX, Documenta 14 in Kassel, Germany and HeK (Haus der elektronischen Künste Basel) amongst many other institutions around the world. Her latest solo exhibition, a retrospective of all of her works on paper, was on view at the Sheehan Gallery at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington (Feb. 1- April 15. 2022). She is currently on a medical sabbatical due to receiving brain surgery in Feb. 2019 and will return to performing for the public in 2023. She appreciates everyone’s patience and compassion during this difficult time.