Pauline Oliveros is a senior figure in contemporary American music, and has influenced American music profoundly through her work with improvisation, meditation, electronic music, myth and ritual. Her career spans fifty years of boundary-dissolving music making. In the 60s she was part of a circle of iconoclastic composers, artists, poets working together at the San Francisco Tape Music Center. Oliveros has been as interested in finding new sounds as in finding new uses for old ones. Along with her Expanded Instrument System (EIS) Oliveros’ research interests include software and hardware development for electro-acoustic composition, performance and improvisation: DomeWorks, a collective of artists and technologists creating works for surround audio and visual compositions and improvisations; Cyberspace as a venue for performance over distance; and Deep Listening, a practice for enhancing performance, improvisation, composition and collaborations. Pauline Oliveros describes Deep Listening as a process 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.
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