Pauline Oliveros

 
Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016) is a senior figure in contemporary American music. Her career spans fifty years of boundary dissolving music making. In the '50s she was part of a circle of iconoclastic composers, artists, poets gathered together in San Francisco. Recently awarded the John Cage award for 2012 from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts, Oliveros is Distinguished Research Professor of Music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, and Darius Milhaud Artist-in-Residence at Mills College. Oliveros has been as interested in finding new sounds as in finding new uses for old ones—her primary instrument is the accordion, an unexpected visitor perhaps to musical cutting edge, but one which she approaches in much the same way that a Zen musician might approach the Japanese shakuhachi. Pauline Oliveros' life as a composer, performer and humanitarian is about opening her own and others' sensibilities to the universe and facets of sounds. Since the 1960's she has influenced American music profoundly through her work with improvisation, meditation, electronic music, myth and ritual. Pauline Oliveros is the founder of “Deep Listening,” which comes from her childhood fascination with sounds and from her works in concert music with composition, improvisation and electro-acoustics. Pauline Oliveros described Deep Listening as a way of listening in every possible way to everything possible to hear no matter what you are doing. Such intense listening includes the sounds of daily life, of nature, of one's own thoughts as well as musical sounds. “Deep Listening is my life practice,” she explained, simply. Oliveros is founder of Deep Listening Institute, formerly Pauline Oliveros Foundation.

(external link : www.paulineoliveros.us)
 
Pauline Oliveros - Reverberations: Tape & Electronic Music 1960 -1970 (11 CD box set)
2022
Important Records
forthcoming
This dense 11 disc retrospective of Pauline Oliveros' early and unreleased electronic work includes her very first piece made for tape in 1959.
Pauline Oliveros - Accordion & Voice (vinyl LP)
2022
Important Records
currently out of stock
Pauline Oliveros' first solo recording, available on LP for the first time since it was originally released in 1982.
Pauline Oliveros - The Wanderer (vinyl LP)
2022
Important Records
An utterly essential document of early American minimalism, available on LP for the first time since it was originally released in 1984. Cut at Golden and pressed at RTI for maximum fidelity.
Pauline Oliveros - Musica Nuvolosa - Performed by Ensemble 0 (CD)
2022
Sub Rosa
Pauline Oliveros and György Ligeti revisited by Ensemble 0.
Pauline Oliveros - Early Electronic Works 1959-66 (2 vinyl LP)
2018
Sub Rosa
sold out
Pauline Oliveros's early and rare electronic works in a strictly limited edition on silver vinyl—with no reprint.
Pauline Oliveros - Four Meditations / Sound Geometrics (CD)
2016
Sub Rosa
Pauline Oliveros surrounded by Belgian Ensemble Musiques Nouvelles, performing 2 long pieces for orchestra.
Pauline Oliveros - Four Meditations / Sound Geometrics (vinyl LP)
2016
Sub Rosa
(last copies available!)
Pauline Oliveros surrounded by Belgian Ensemble Musiques Nouvelles, performing 2 long pieces for orchestra.
Pauline Oliveros - Four electronic pieces 1959-1966 (CD)
2008
Sub Rosa
sold out
Pauline Oliveros's early and definitive contribution to the tape and electronic music of the late fifties and sixties.


 top of page