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Jack Hertz

RIP Pauline Oliveros (87) - SF Tape Center Founder

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I had the fortune of attending one of her listening lecturethings about 20 years ago.  It was held in an old church in downtown Kansas City -- free of charge, a rare chance to interact with some of the few lovers of sound and sonic experiments here in the KC area too.  All good.  Somewhere in my house I have a cassette tape that retains a bit of that whole experience too -- now to the search... 

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I didn't find her music till the early 90s, and didn't really make the connection till I came back to music in 2009. Years later, I attended Kim Cascone's Deep Listening class and became intimate with what she was doing, conceptually and philosophically. Deep Listening was a great revelation for me. It validated my long determination to avoid learning about sound through standard music theory. To become more like a painter with sound, than a bricklayer. 

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Sorry to hear of her passing. I had the pleasure to cross paths with her a few times, including at a multi-day Deep Listening Institute Conference several years ago and later her 80th birthday celebration, both at RPI. I think the first time was at a New Music Society Concert in the 1980s in Syracuse, NY. She remains a pioneer and a great influence and I expect her influence will continue through the lives she touched.

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I just stumbled onto a full concert vimeo from RPI's EMPAC of the 80th birthday celebration. The concert features (among other things) a recreation of the noted Cistern acoustic reverb by Jonas Braasch. It's not the same as being in the auditorium but fans of Pauline Oliveros, Deep Listening, etc. might appreciate the celebratory concert.

May 10, 2012

In celebration of Pauline Oliveros’ 80th birthday, complete with Tibetan dungchen, didgerdoo, accordion, meditative percussion, and the Fort Worden Cistern—a two-million-gallon underground water tank made famous by Oliveros’ 1988 Deep Listening album and recreated by Jonas Braasch from Rensselaer’s Architectural Acoustics program. Presented in collaboration with the Rensselaer Arts Department, this event will benefit the Deep Listening Institute.

https://vimeo.com/193534724

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