Deep Listening

  • Jonas BraaschEmail author
Part of the Current Research in Systematic Musicology book series (CRSM, volume 6)


This chapter focuses on the Deep Listening philosophy, which was founded by avant-garde composer Pauline Oliveros as a result of her lifetime career that started in the 1950s. One of the features that make Deep Listening very interesting for this book is that Pauline was an excellent improviser and accordion virtuoso and that she viewed improvisation as a core creative act and not just as a form of interpretation of a composer’s score. While free improvisation can liberate the participants from slavishly adhering to the preconceived directions of a composer, it requires a thorough set of listening skills that methods like Deep Listening foster.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cognitive and Immersive Systems Laboratory, School of ArchitectureRensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroyUSA

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