Open Form presents: Pauline Oliveros (US)


Open Form : A Paradigm of the Arts  – Festival for indeterminate music 

Oslo: November 26th- 29th 2009

An electronic-music pioner is coming to Oslo! No other than the American composer and musician Pauline Oilveros.


Through Pauline Oliveros and Deep Listening I finally know what harmony is…. It’s about the pleasure of making music.”

John Cage 1989

PAULINE OLIVEROS is a senior figure in contemporary American music.  Her career spans fifty years of boundary dissolving music making. 

oliverosIRIn the ’50s she was part of a circle of iconoclastic composers, artists, poets gathered together in San Francisco. Today she is Distinguished Research Professor of Music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy NY and Darius Milhaud Artist-in-Residence at Mills College.  Oliveros has been as interested in finding new sounds as in finding new uses for old ones –her primary instrument is the accordion, an unexpected visitor perhaps to musical cutting edge, but one which she approaches in much the same way that a Zen musician might approach the Japanese shakuhachi.  Pauline Oliveros’ life as a composer, performer and humanitarian is about opening her own and others’ sensibilities to the universe and facets of sounds.  Since the 1960’s she has influenced American music profoundly through her work with improvisation, meditation, electronic music, myth and ritual.  Pauline Oliveros is the founder of “Deep Listening,”  which comes from her childhood fascination with sounds and from her works in concert music with composition, improvisation and electro-acoustics.  Pauline Oliveros describes Deep Listening as a way of listening in every possible way to everything possible to hear no matter what you are doing.  Such intense listening includes the sounds of daily life, of nature, of one’s own thoughts as well as musical sounds. Deep Listening is my life practice,” she explains, simply.  Oliveros is founder of Deep Listening Institute, formely Pauline Oliveros Foundation.

When I discovered the book Deep Listening at a gallery in New York 18 months ago, I knew about Pauline Oliveros music, but not about her Deep Listening experience. A set of meditative listening practises that opens the mind and soul to a altered listening experience.You can listen to, -and read more about Pauline Oliveiros work , philosophy and her Deep Listening Instititue here:

About Elin Øyen Vister

Soundartist, composer, DJ
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