Deep Listening A Composer s Sound Practice offers an exciting guide to ways of listening and sounding This book provides unique insights and perspectives for artists, students, teachers, meditators and anyone interested in how consciousness may be effected by profound attention to the sonic environment Deep Listening Ris a practice created by composer Pauline Oliveros in order to enhance her own as well as other s listening skills She teaches this practice worldwide in workshops, retreats and in her ground breaking Deep Listening classes at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Mills College Deep Listening practice is accessible to anyone with an interest in listening Undergraduates with no musical training benefit from the practices and successfully engage in creative sound projects Many report life changing effects from participating in the Deep Listening classes and retreatsOliveros is recognized as a pioneer in electronic music and a leader in contemporary music as composer, performer, educator and author Her works are performed internationally and her improvisational performances are documented extensively on recordings, in the literature and on the worldwide web


10 thoughts on “Deep Listening: A Composer's Sound Practice

  1. julieta julieta says:

    La verdad este libro me pareci un timo Quiz s la pr ctica misma que propone sea algo factible, de hecho me resulta super interesante la idea, eso de escuchar, y partir hacia una meditaci n desde la escucha Y hay un par de comentarios sobre el sonido y nuestra manera de escuchar, que rescato El adentrarte en los sonidos, porque es algo que siempre se nos pierde en el camino Pero como libro es un desastre Realmente pens que se trataba de una teor a sobre la escucha, y el deep listening q La verdad este libro me pareci un timo Quiz s la pr ctica misma que propone sea algo factible, de hecho me resulta super interesante la idea, eso de escuchar, y partir hacia una meditaci n desde la escucha Y hay un par de comentarios sobre el sonido y nuestra manera de escuchar, que rescato El adentrarte en los sonidos, porque es algo que siempre se nos pierde en el camino Pero como libro es un desastre Realmente pens que se trataba de una teor a sobre la escucha, y el deep listening que es una marca registrada de la autora qu viva eh , pero son ejercicios para hacer en grupo, comentarios de gente que ha estado, mencionan como mil veces la incre ble artista que es pauline oliveros, lo importante, etc etc


  2. Jeff Jeff says:

    This book has some really insightful content about our relationship to sound The rest of the book, which has long descriptions of meditative practices, is not very informative The practices aren t significantly different from what you might find in other approaches to meditation, and it s hard to understand how they relate to the author s approach to music.


  3. Patrick Goff Patrick Goff says:

    I was first turned on to Pauline Oliveros and her work on deep listening by Mike Rugnetta sReasonably Soundpodcast I found her distinction between hearing and listening to be especially interesting, and I expectedDeep Listeningto be an in depth work of sound theory by a groundbreaking contemporary composer.The introduction is full of excellent insight into how sound functions in the world and brings up a number of thought provoking questions for the reader Which sounds in our lives I was first turned on to Pauline Oliveros and her work on deep listening by Mike Rugnetta sReasonably Soundpodcast I found her distinction between hearing and listening to be especially interesting, and I expectedDeep Listeningto be an in depth work of sound theory by a groundbreaking contemporary composer.The introduction is full of excellent insight into how sound functions in the world and brings up a number of thought provoking questions for the reader Which sounds in our lives do we choose to listen to, and which sounds do we ignore What sounds make up thesoundscapeof life, and how does the soundscape affect the psyche This, in addition to a comprehensive, diverse bibliography, glossary, and notes section, provide the reader with several promising avenues to further explore theories of sound Unfortunately, the rest of the book feelslike a rough guide to a self guided sound meditation than an exploration of sound itself I found this section bland Oliveros is, undoubtedly, a well read and experienced practitioner of meditation, and her course on deep listening sounds like it would be perfect for someone interested in gettingout of listening to music For some reason, this course doesn t seem to translate very well to text, and it didn t really have the intended effect on me That being said, perhaps someonedisciplined in meditation would enjoy this section , and, regardless, I would recommend the book to anyone even remotely interested in music and or sound theory It s a quick read, and it really gets you thinking


  4. Scott Neigh Scott Neigh says:

    An odd little book My reason for reading it was not terribly well aligned with its own purpose, so my relative indifference to it should not be taken too seriously The author is an experimental composer, seemingly fairly well known in her particular niche, who has spent a lifetime thinking about listening I heard about it because another book that I read quoted some of this author s insights, and I decided to read it for myself Rather less of the book than I had hoped is comprised of said in An odd little book My reason for reading it was not terribly well aligned with its own purpose, so my relative indifference to it should not be taken too seriously The author is an experimental composer, seemingly fairly well known in her particular niche, who has spent a lifetime thinking about listening I heard about it because another book that I read quoted some of this author s insights, and I decided to read it for myself Rather less of the book than I had hoped is comprised of said insights, however, and ratheris devoted to outlining the listening based meditative practice after which the book is named It seems like it could be a useful practice, if you are in the market for such a thing, but I am not I think the book would be improved ifspace was devoted to explanation, and if the fragments out of which much of the book is built were brought together into a clearer whole And, while I certainly hope that everyone is able to find paths to wisdom and solace and good living that work for them, I do find the sensibility that might broadly be labelled New Age to be a bit hard to take, and there were at least hints of that here in amidst the other spiritual and intellectual and meditative traditions that inform the book Anyway, even if they did end up being a minority of the book, I still appreciate the author s insights into listening and attention, and there were also a couple of short personal essays by other people towards the end of the book that weren t necessarily relevant to my narrow purpose but were certainly interesting


  5. Cobertizo Cobertizo says:

    Acu state boca arriba en la tierra o en el suelo con la cabeza orientada al centro del c rculo Podr as imaginar que te olvidas de todo lo que no necesitas Al sentir la solidez de la tierra en la que yaces, Podr as imaginar el peso de tu cuerpo se altera suavemente en respuesta a la atracci n de la gravedad Podr as imaginar sentir las vibraciones m s sutiles de la tierra o el suelo Podr as imaginar que est s escuchando todo lo que suena como si tu cuerpo fuera la tierra entera Podr as i Acu state boca arriba en la tierra o en el suelo con la cabeza orientada al centro del c rculo Podr as imaginar que te olvidas de todo lo que no necesitas Al sentir la solidez de la tierra en la que yaces, Podr as imaginar el peso de tu cuerpo se altera suavemente en respuesta a la atracci n de la gravedad Podr as imaginar sentir las vibraciones m s sutiles de la tierra o el suelo Podr as imaginar que est s escuchando todo lo que suena como si tu cuerpo fuera la tierra entera Podr as imaginar que eres cada vez m s consciente de la enorme cantidad de sonidos que pueden escucharse en un momento dado Podr as imaginar que puedes expresas con tu voz cualquier sonido que acuda a ti de modo natural Podr as imaginar que puedes continuar esta meditaci n sonora sintiendo, escuchando, respirando y emitiendo sonidos Podr as imaginar que t eres sonido


  6. jacob-felix jacob-felix says:

    This book is just okay It seems fairly haphazard Collected materials not really integrated into a whole I probably need to spend the time doing the practices described in the book to really benefit from it The book is padded out with a bunch of essays and listserv posts by Pauline s students Only bits of that stuff are interesting I m still seeking adefinitive Oliveros text.The ebook is terrible, by the way Scanned in without editing or formatting of any kind I must assume the prin This book is just okay It seems fairly haphazard Collected materials not really integrated into a whole I probably need to spend the time doing the practices described in the book to really benefit from it The book is padded out with a bunch of essays and listserv posts by Pauline s students Only bits of that stuff are interesting I m still seeking adefinitive Oliveros text.The ebook is terrible, by the way Scanned in without editing or formatting of any kind I must assume the print version is superior


  7. Ginger Eager Ginger Eager says:

    Recommended by a musician friend after we spent a night setting each other ablaze with ideas in her studio I am not great at listening as a musician must, but I have practiced listening as a meditator might, dropping the names for the source of the sound and such This book has some wonderful exercises.


  8. Julia Julia says:

    Short, simple, democratic, gorgeous an introduction to what deep listening is as well as exercises, this book is inspiring towards any kind of meditation or creativity, especially in groups it taught me a lot about how to teach the arts effectively, as well as think about listening in new ways, as well as getting past blockages of how you limit yourself creatively Pauline forever.


  9. Cary Stough Cary Stough says:

    My favorite kind of book.


  10. David David says:

    Lovely Reallyof a workbook to return to again and again.