Interview with Pauline Oliveros
In this interview, Pauline Oliveros talks about his life and experiences as he continues with his work. How he started a band and how “Deep Listening” became popular through out the years.
Pauline Oliveros is an American composer who has great amount of experience with education, improvisation, and meditation. He also teaches these topics to people in the university. Recently, he has been practicing a philosophy known as “Deep Listening.” This philosophy is “sound awareness that recognizes the difference between involuntary hearing and the process of concentrated selection that is listening.” Along with this, he founded the band, “The Deep Listening Band” in 1988 to continue his work.
With deep listening, you are able to sit, relax, and be calm as you listen to the sounds that are around you. You can let your mind fly freely to be comfortable, especially when meditating. This has become a sensation that everyone, well not everyone, has been able to get their thoughts together after listening to their beautiful surroundings .
What I enjoyed about this interview is finding out about deep listening. Sometimes, I like to meditate and listen to sounds of nature on the radio. Other times I just listen to what is around me and I didn’t know the term that would follow that routine. Now I know and it makes me appreciate it more.
Interview with John Cage
John Cage is an American composer who is known for many compositions. He also wrote a book called, “No Such Thing as Silence.” One of well-known pieces is 4’33”. This is a piece that he composed that contains no content whatsoever. The piece is 4 minutes and 33 seconds of silence. It was performed by people by sitting next to an instrument looking as if they are going to play something. However, they were just sitting and doing nothing for that amount of time.
With his thoughts on silence, he felt there was none. Even if you and others are quiet and not saying anything, minor sounds from the background are still coming out. For example, if my brother and I were reading books silently, it wouldn’t be silent because of the sounds around us. We would be hearing the automobiles outside the house. The weather whether snow or rain. Footsteps that come from every direction.
So, I find this piece interesting because it speaks for itself. A lot of people would expect a big show stopper in front of them. John Cage didn’t follow that and made something interesting to all. To me, you don’t need something big to have something special.