Join us for a documentary film screening and discussion; 'Deep Listening: The story of Pauline Oliveros", with Dr Sam Horlor (Durham University). An event in celebration of International Women's Day at Durham, co-hosted by MUSICON, CVAC and the IAS, Durham University.
Pauline Oliveros with accordion (1979) - Photo Becky Cohen
The film tells the story of the iconic composer, performer, teacher, philosopher, technological innovator and humanitarian, Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016). She was one of the world’s original electronic musicians, a master accordion player, a teacher and mentor to musicians, and a gateway to music and sound for non-musicians.
The film compellingly explores Oliveros’ work, and the “deep listening” concept she invented, as feminist activism. It details her extensive technical innovations, not least in developing tools to enable those with severe disabilities to create beautiful music.
On the vanguard of contemporary American music for six decades, her story illuminates the pathway to where we are now and what the future holds for music, the philosophy of sound, and the art of listening.
Additional support for this event from the Institute of Advanced Study is gratefully acknowledged.
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Histories and Practices of Pauline Oliveros’s “Deep Listening” – The Extreme Slow Walk
Music Department Research Forum with Dr Ed McKeon (Birmingham City University)
Tuesday 27 February 2024, 3-5pm
Concert Room, Department of Music, Durham University, Palace Green, DH1 3RL
Free; no booking required
Dr Ed McKeon will outline Oliveros’s practice, then introduce the Extreme Slow Walk as a preparatory exercise for Deep Listening, before reflecting on its significance as a practice of tuning the self (or embodying musicality). In her short introduction to the Sonic Meditations, Oliveros emphasises the potential of the Extreme Slow Walk and Deep Listening to foster “heightened states of awareness or expanded consciousness, changes in physiology and psychology from known and unknown tension to relaxations.” Groups “may develop positive energy which can influence others... Music is a welcome by-product of this activity.” This presentation and workshop elaborate these affordances in the contexts of American experimental composition and art.