Pauline Oliveros

Pauline Oliveros

Pauline Oliveros is one of the foremost composers of electronic music, alongside forerunners like Morton Subotnick, Terry Riley, and Ramon Sender, in a career spanning more than 60 years.

A founding member of the San Francisco Tape Music Center in the 1960s, Oliveros has taught music at Mills College, the University of California, San Diego, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She currently serves as Distinguished Research Professor of Music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Darius Milhaud Composer in Residence at Mills College, and mentor in the Bard College summer Master of Fine Arts program.

In the 1990s, Pauline Oliveros developed Deep Listening®, a means of becoming attuned to the multitude of sounds in the environment and connecting those sounds to the body. She founded the Deep Listening Institute, Ltd., to teach these skills to others.

“My process always begins with listening,” she once told an interviewer. “Any action proceeds from the space of listening, and then listening to the action, to the next action, until there is only the space of listening.”

Oliveros has performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC; New Music America Festivals; and in countless concert halls and performance spaces worldwide. In 1995, Oliveros received a $25,000 award for her work from the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts in New York City. She also received the 2009 William Schuman Award from Columbia University for lifetime achievement.

Pauline Oliveros has produced dozens of recordings, including Deep Listening, Primordial/Lift, Roots of the Moment, The Ready Made Boomerang, and Crone Music. She is also the author of five books: Sounding the Margins: Collected Writings 1992-2009; Initiation Dream; Software for People; The Roots of the Moment; and Deep Listening: A Composer's Sound Practice.

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