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 297 of A Year of Deep Listening

WITHNESSING, by Hana van der Kolk

Hana van der Kolk is a dancer, artist, educator, writer, counselor/coach, and facilitator of community events and spaces. They see creative body-based work as a conduit for knowing/unknowing what is here and now, for remembering intimacy at many proximities, and are committed to ritual, ceremony, and celebration in many forms as a way of life. Hana is currently based on unceded Mohican land in upstate New York/the Hudson Valley and her practice straddles art and performance, socio-political inquiry, celebration, and personal and collective restoration and transformation. It manifests as workshops, one-on-one body-based Internal Family Systems counseling and sex and gender expansion work, performances, events/curation, writing, videos, and the making of gifts, sites, and costumes. Hana has taught and performed internationally, co-facilitates FlagSSS Day and Club SPA spa, and recently completed a practice based PhD focused on queer friendship, bodies as sites of magic and multiplicity, entanglement with the more-than-human, and possibilities of dismantling cultures of supremacy with and through bodies and complex intimacy.

Day 296 of A Year of Deep Listening


Wind is when air breathes.

Yifeng Yvonne Yuan is 25 years old. She converts the frequency of herself losing socks into the frequency of the pitches; she weighs raindrops to decide the weight of her noteheads. She is a composer, born and raised in China, and currently lives in Los Angeles.  Yvonne graduated from UCLA with a Masters’s degree in Music Composition. She studied with Richard Danielpour, Ian Krouse, Kay Rhie and David Lefkowitz. Her works are performed in the U.S, Europe, and Asia.

Day 295 of A Year of Deep Listening

SONIC HABITAT NO. 22, by Akari Komura

Akari Komura is a Japanese composer-vocalist. Her breadth of work spans chamber ensemble, multimedia/electronic, dance, and vocal music. Her works have been presented at the Atlantic Music Festival, Composers Conference, Montreal Contemporary Music Lab, Nief-Norf, Penn State New Music Festival, and soundSCAPE. She holds a M.M. in Composition from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in Vocal Arts from the University of California, Irvine. Her major teachers include Evan Chambers, Roshanne Etezady, Stephen Rush, and Frances Bennett.

Day 294 of A Year of Deep Listening

EQUAL BREATH, by Hannah White

A score for the Spring equinox. Originally arranged for people and mini harmonicas, re-arranged here for voice.

I’m an artist, voice practitioner and facilitator, exploring sound and performance in non-traditional spaces. I am particularly interested in the meeting of vocal experimentation and text, using sound poetry, found text and cut-up/list texts alongside more lyrical structures and extended techniques. I’m exploring the intersection of artistic and spiritual practice, through ritualised and participatory performance scenarios that dissolve the boundaries between audience and performer. I’m a certified Deep Listening facilitator and Group Voice Therapy facilitator

Day 293 of A Year of Deep Listening

LISTENING AT KREGME, by Morten Svenstrup

Individual meditation.

Morten Svenstrup – I work as a psycotherapist, teacher and musician in Copenhagen, Denmark. As Deep Listening Certificate Holder, I have facilitated numerous workshops, courses and retreats, and enjoy integrating new ideas in the practice. 


Day 292 of A Year of Deep Listening

WOW, by Jesse Stewart

Jesse Stewart is a composer, musician, visual artist, researcher, and educator. His music has been documented on over thirty recordings including Stretch Orchestra’s self-titled debut album, which was honoured with the 2012 “Instrumental Album of the Year” Juno award (the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy). His music has been performed at festivals throughout Canada, Europe and the United States and he has been widely commissioned. He has performed and recorded with musical luminaries including Pauline Oliveros, William Parker, David Mott, Hamid Drake, and many others.

Day 291 of A Year of Deep Listening

HANDY LISTENING, by Christof Zürn

Christof Zürn is the founder of Creative Companion and He is the author of the Music Thinking Jam Cards (Bis Publishers, 2018) and The Power of Music Thinking (Bis Publishers, 2022) and the host of the podcast with the same name.

Day 290 of A Year of Deep Listening

GROW AND STRETCH, by Parker Nelson

Parker Nelson is redefining the limits of what the horn can do with innovative programs that include his own original arrangements, transcriptions, techniques, commissions, and new context for standard practices and repertoire. As a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, and educator, Parker actively works with communities both home and abroad to continually expand the cultural, educational, and artistic reach of the 21st century horn player.

Day 289 of A Year of Deep Listening

UNMUTING HANWI, by David AguDeLo-Bernal

Aural artist, sound designer, media maker and university lecturer with a career that encompasses various forms of media, music and sound creation, with an emphasis on performing arts, time-based arts, digital media and creative research in sound, media and performance practices with a focus on creative expressiveness, narratives and languages. Currently developing the experimental lofi songs project ‘Lunileptik’.