Pauline Oliveros Research Paper

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Nearly sixty years ago, Pauline Oliveros discovered her mantra. "Listen to everything all the time and remind yourself when you are not listening". This mantra shaped her approach to musical compositions and productions. To begin, I would like to present a short history of how Pauline Oliveros developed her compositional style. Oliveros was born in 1932 in Houston, Texas. When she was 16, Oliveros announced she wanted to become a composer. In her early 20s, after moving to San Francisco, Oliveros was listening to the sounds she had recorded on a tape. During this process, she discovered sounds that she had not realized were happening in real time. It was at that moment that her philosophy of listening and sonic exploration began. This new approach to music led her to composing her Sonic Mediations and Deep Listening, an album recorded in a disused cistern 14 feet below the earth in Washington State. This album changed composer Simon Holt's life. Her further development of the idea of listening as ritual, healing, and meditation also led to her founding the Deep Listening Institute in New York. However, when she began composing based on her new philosophy, the conventional music notation was not…show more content…
However, I believe that one of her most important contributions to the musical world is her challenging of the dualities that Western Classical music that has set into place. She blurs the lines between subject and object, composition and performance, and performer and audience. Thus, everyone who chooses to be involved in many of her pieces has to take on the responsibilities that are usually divided between performer and audience. In this paper, I would like to analyse the music of Pauline Oliveros' Teach Yourself to Fly, from her Sonic Meditations, which is a wonderful example to demonstrate the deconstruction of such dualities. In this piece, Oliveros

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