Call for Submissions: First International Conference on Deep Listening

Call for Submissions: First International Conference on Deep Listening

Date posted: 2013-04-03 12:19:14

The Deep Listening Institute is accepting proposals for scholarly lectures, poster presentations, or experience-oriented expositions and/or demonstrations, for the First International Conference on Deep Listening.  The deadline for submission is April 15, 2013.  For more information, please see

There’s more to listening than meets the ear.  Pauline Oliveros herself describes Deep Listening as “listening in every possible way to everything possible to hear no matter what one is doing.”  Deep Listening, as developed by Oliveros, explores the difference between the involuntary nature of hearing and the voluntary, selective nature – exclusive and inclusive – of listening.

The practice includes bodywork, sonic meditations, interactive performance, listening to the sounds of daily life, nature, one’s own thoughts, imagination and dreams, and listening to listening itself.  It cultivates a heightened awareness of the sonic environment, both external and internal, and promotes experimentation, improvisation, collaboration, playfulness and other creative skills vital to personal and community growth.

Pauline Oliveros (b. 1932) has influenced American music extensively in her more than 60 years as a composer, performer, author and philosopher.  She pioneered the concept of Deep Listening, her practice based upon principles of improvisation, electronic music, ritual, teaching and meditation, designed to inspire both trained and untrained musicians to practice the art of listening and responding to environmental conditions in solo and ensemble situations.  Since 2001, Oliveros has served as Distinguished Research Professor of Music in the Arts Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), and as the executive director of Deep Listening Institute, Ltd.

The Deep Listening Institute is committed to making the practice of Deep Listening accessible to all people of all abilities, helping them enjoy a richer and more creative life and building a community more attuned to the harmonies of the world.

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