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Pauline Oliveros (born 1932 in Houston, Texas) is an accordionist and composer who currently resides in Kingston, New York. Her instrument is tuned in just intonation and she often includes it in her meditative improvisational music. Her music is not meditative in the sense that it is intended for listening to while meditating, rather each piece is a form of meditation, such as her aptly titled Sonic Meditations. 1932 is a leap year starting on a Friday. ... Downtown Houston Uptown Houston City nickname: Space City Location in the state of Texas Founded   â€” Incorporated 1836 1837 Counties Harris County Fort Bend County Montgomery County Mayor Bill White Area   â€” Land   â€” Water 601. ... A button accordion An accordion is a musical instrument of the handheld bellows-driven free reed aerophone family, sometimes referred to as squeezeboxes. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... Kingston is a city located in Ulster County, New York, United States. ... Just intonation is any musical tuning in which the frequencies of notes are related by whole number ratios. ... Meditation usually refers to a state in which the body is consciously relaxed and the mind is allowed to become calm and focused. ...


A central figure in post-war electronic art music, Oliveros is one of the original members of the San Francisco Tape Music Center (along with Morton Subotnick, Ramon Sender, Terry Riley, and Anthony Martin), which was the resource on the U.S. west coast for electronic music during the 1960s. The Center later moved to Mills College, where she was its first director, and is now called the Center for Contemporary Music. Oliveros often improvises with the Expanded Instrument System, an electronic signal processing system she designed, in her performances and recordings. Electronic art music is a regrettably vague term for the formal and primarily academic branch of electronic music that is focused on extending musical capabilities through technology. ... Morton Subotnick (born 1933) is an American composer of minimal electronic music, best known for his Silver Apples of the Moon, the first electronic work commissioned by a record company, Nonesuch, and composed on the Buchla modular synthesizer which he helped to design. ... Terry Riley (born 24 June 1935 in Colfax, California) is an American minimalist composer. ... The 1960s, or The Sixties, in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1960 and 1969, but the expression has taken on a wider meaning over the past twenty years. ... Mills College is a private womens liberal arts college located in Oakland, California, USA. It has played an important role in modern American music through its post-graduate program in experimental music. ... Audio signal processing, sometimes referred to as audio processing, is the processing of a representation of auditory signals, or sound. ...


Oliveros coined the term "Deep Listening", which she then applied to her group The Deep Listening Band and to the Deep Listening program of The Pauline Oliveros Foundation, which she founded. The Deep Listening program includes annual listening retreats in Europe and in upstate New York, as well as apprenticeship and certification programs. The Deep Listening Band, which includes Oliveros, David Gamper, Panaiotis and Stuart Dempster, specializes in performing and recording in resonant or reverberant spaces such as cathedrals and huge underground cisterns. They have collaborated with Ellen Fullman and her Long String Instrument, as well as countless other musicians, dancers, and performers. The Deep Listening Band was founded in 1988 by Pauline Oliveros, accordionist, electronics and composer, Stuart Dempster, trombonist, didjeridu player, and composer, and Panaiotis, vocalist, electronics, and composer. ... Panaiotis (pronounced pah-nah-YO-tis) is a vocalist and composer currently living in Albuquerque. ... Stuart Dempster (born 1936 in Berkeley, California) is a trombonist, didjeridu player, composer, author of The Modern Trombone: A Definition of Its Idioms (1979), and on the faculty of the University of Washington. ... In physics, resonance is the tendency of a system to absorb more oscillatory energy when the frequency of the oscillations matches the systems natural frequency of vibration (its resonant frequency) than it does at other frequencies. ... When sound is produced in an enclosed space multiple reflections build up and blend together creating reverberation or reverb. ... A cistern (Middle English cisterne, from Latin cisterna, from cista, box, from Greek kistê, basket) is a receptacle for holding liquids, usually water. ... Ellen Fullman (born 1957) is a composer. ...


Oliveros currently teaches at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Mills College. She is the author of three books, Initiation Dream, Software for People, and The Roots of the Moment. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, or RPI, is a large university in Troy, New York, near Albany, founded in 1824 by Stephen Van Rensselaer. ... Mills College is a private womens liberal arts college located in Oakland, California, USA. It has played an important role in modern American music through its post-graduate program in experimental music. ...


External links

  • Pauline Oliveros
  • DeepListening.org
  • Pauline Oliveros Foundation
  • EST Interview
  • NewMusicBox: Pauline Oliveros in conversation with Frank J. Oteri, 2000

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Pauline Oliveros (632 words)
Oliveros received a $25,000 award for her work in 1995 from the Foundation for Contemporary Performance - New York City.
In 1985 she founded The Pauline Oliveros Foundation, Inc., to support all aspects of the creative process for a worldwide community of artists.
Pauline Oliveros in the Arms of Reynols (1999) - a remix of live concerts of Oliveros and the Deep Listening Band with Reynols.
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