Pauline Oliveros

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Pauline Oliveros (August 2010)

Pauline Oliveros (born May 30, 1932 in Houston , Texas , † November 25, 2016 in New York City , New York ) was an American composer and accordionist.


Oliveros studied in Houston from 1949 to 1952 and in San Francisco from 1954 to 1956 and took private tuition from Robert Erickson . From 1961 she worked with Steve Reich , Terry Riley , Ramon Sender and Morton Subotnick at the San Francisco Tape Music Center . From 1967 to 1981 she was director of the Center for Music Experiment at the University of California in San Diego / California .


In 1985 she founded The Pauline Oliveros Foundation in Kingston / New York . With the Deep Listening program, which is part of the foundation, and the Deep Listening Band , she created a connection between meditation and music. In 2005 the foundation became the Deep Listening Institute . On June 9, 2014, the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute , the oldest technical university in the English-speaking world, announced the establishment of the Center For Deep Listening , which is to continue the work of the Deep Listening Institute and to preserve the life's work of Oliveros.

In addition to orchestral works and works for chamber music , she composed sound patterns for mixed choir (1961) and multimedia works such as a piece for electronically modified piano, tape and light effects and a play for fifteen actors, film and projections, tape and live sound material.

With the Deep Listening Band she recorded the album of the same name, Deep Listening , in October 1988 , which music experts consider a milestone in spatial sound art . In October 2013 she celebrated the band's 25th anniversary with a concert in Canada , together with founding member Stuart Dempster, the artist and writer Ione and the guest musicians Jonas Braasch , Jesse Stewart and Johannes Welsch. Oliveros and Dempster dedicated the concert to long-time band member David Gamper, who died in 2011. In 2017, works by the artist were performed at documenta 14 . In 2020 Oliveros presented the album Sounding / Way with Guy Klucevse .



  • Breaking the silence , in: MusikTexte 76/77, 3–4.
  • The roots of the moment. About hearing , in: MusikTexte 76/77, 83–85.
  • Space is the place. Quantum Composition: The Cybernetic Present , in: MusikTexte 80, 11–15.
  • No composing without concepts , in: MusikTexte 145, 69.
  • Sex as we don't know it. Future prospects of computer music , in: MusikTexte 152, 56–65.

Secondary literature

  • Margaret Ahrens: molting. About Pauline Oliveros , in: MusikTexte 76/77, 75–81.
  • Pamela A. Madsen: Huge lap. The concept of “presence” in Pauline Oliveros' “Rose Moon” , in: MusikTexte 76/77, 85–90.
  • Katherine Setar: Watertank Software. An “interaction” between Pauline Oliveros and a reverberant room , in: MusikTexte 76/77, 96–101.
  • On the death of Pauline Oliveros. Contributions by Geeta Dayal, Ellen Fullman , Maggi Payne , Alvin Lucier , Christina Kubisch , Roger Reynolds , Bill Dietz, Brenda Hutchinson , Alvin Curran , Anne Bourne, Diamanda Galás , Christian Wolff , Johannes Goebel, Gisela Gronemeyer, in: MusikTexte 152, 37 -56.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Joshua Kosman: Pauline Oliveros, musical performer and experimentalist, this . San Francisco Chronicle , November 25, 2016, accessed November 27, 2016.
  2. ^ Deep Listening Band in the English language Wikipedia
  3. ^ Deep Listening Institute
  4. Center For Deep Listening Opens In Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences . In: RPI News , June 9, 2014.
  5. ^ Stuart Dempster in the English language Wikipedia
  6. Johannes Welsch in the English language Wikipedia
  7. ^ Deep Listening Band with Pauline Oliveros at the Dunrobin Sonic Gym. Ottawa Jazz Scene, May 31, 2013; Archived from the original on May 22, 2014 ; accessed on November 27, 2016 (English). David Gamper in the English language Wikipedia