The Center For Deep Listening

Day 13 of A Year of Deep Listening


The Shape of Sound, by Laurie Polster

This score is the initial section of longer score, “The Shape of Sound”, exploring how drawing sound affects the experience of listening and vocalizing. Visualizing sound working with both sides of the body to kinesthetically experience sound, becomes an avenue for deep listening. The full score continues with slowly vocalizing the sound you’ve focused on, listening with your entire body, and creating the shape with your voice for as long as possible, building it slowing and bringing it back down to quiet. I composed the full score while studying with Pauline and dedicate it to her.

Laurie Polster is a cross-disciplinary artist, vocalist/musician and composer. Her work in video, audio composition, installation, sculpture, performance, and text pieces reflects her focus on issues relating to culture, memory, and natural phenomenon. Her work is exhibited nationally and held in numerous public and private collections. She’s received grants, awards and residencies, including a Jerome Foundation Fellowship and Artist Residencies at Anderson Ranch Arts Center. She holds an M.F.A. in Art from Massachusetts College of Art, and an M.F.A. in Electronic Music from Mills College.

Day 12 of A Year of Deep Listening


Vegetable FISTS, bySissj Bassani

Sissj Bassani is an Italian dancer and choreographer. She moves between improvisation and choreographic writing, interested in the thresholds, moments of transition in which the action is both itself and its opposite. She works with choreography as a means of igniting spaces and creating conditions of movement, vision and listening, attracted by long durations. She loves pop culture and Internet phenomena.

Day 11 of A Year of Deep Listening



Create a vocal performance for someone or something you care for, based on the spelled individual letters of their name. When performing, maintain focused care and attention upon the mediating technology of microphone/camera. These devices are your subject’s emotional and physical proxy. Text can be repeated in part or in whole, focusing on individual sounds. Each letter may be repeated as many times as necessary to create the intimate “flow” desired. Feel free to create transitions or blend between directives, however there is no going back once you have progressed to the next step.

Erin Gee is a performance artist and composer based in Tio’tia:ke/Montreal. Through her practice in sound and emerging technology, she contributes to contemporary conversations on the role of critical sensuality, care, and emotional sensitivity in technological culture. She is a DIY expert in affective technologies and affective vocal technique, implicating the listener’s body by extending her practice of biofeedback music into psychosomatic territory. Her work in vocal composition, networked performance, ASMR, interactive virtual reality work, and robotics has been shown internationally.

Day 10 of A Year of Deep Listening


Spirals, by Catherine Lee

Catherine Lee actively commissions evocative new music and has extensive experience in classical, contemporary, interdisciplinary collaborations, and free improvisation settings on the oboe, oboe d’amore, and English horn. Lee’s most recent solo CD, Remote Together (Redshift Records, 2021), nominated for the 2022 JUNO Award Classical Album of the Year (Solo Artist), features works by Canadian and American composers residing in the Pacific Northwest. Lee holds a Doctor of Music in Oboe performance from McGill University, and a certification from the Deep Listening Institute.

Day 9 of A Year of Deep Listening


for 5+ performers, by Christine Burke

Christine is a composer from Iowa City, IA, whose music has been performed by Alkali Collective, Bob Spring, the Walden School Creative Musicians, line upon line, Will Yager, Wolftone, Dog Star Orchestra, Density512, ETHEL, Southland Ensemble, Koehne Quartet,, Alarm Will Sound, the Chicago Civic Orchestra Fellows, JACK Quartet, Talea Ensemble, Heavy Air, The Living Earth Show, NOW Ensemble, and Kamratōn Ensemble. Upcoming projects include performances with Lex Leto x Christine Burke Ensemble, as well as new works for Duo Axis and for Gabi Vanek & Daniel Schreiner.

Day 5 of A Year of Deep Listening


They Tell Eachother Stories, by kory Reeder

Kory Reeder is an American composer and performer whose music investigates ideas of objectivity, place, immediacy. His music has been released on Edition Wandelweiser, Petrichor Records, Sawyer Editions, Impulsive Habitat, and Another Timbre (upcoming). Kory is from Nebraska and currently resides in Texas where he is an active performer and is currently pursuing a PhD. at the University of North Texas.

Day 4 of A Year of Deep Listening



Stephen Chase composes, improvises, and walks quite a lot. His work veers erratically between generative ideas and following his nose, exploring, amongst other things, aspects of group interaction, collaboration, acoustical phenomena, and the passing of time. He is co-editor of Changing the System: The Music of Christian Wolff (Ashgate/Routledge), and convenes the occasional performance series, mon se taire truc.