Rescreen of
Quantum Listening: Pauline Oliveros at 90

This upcoming program is a rescreening of the recorded event that happened on May 30, 2022.

What is the difference between hearing and listening? Does sound have consciousness? Can you imagine listening beyond the edge of your own imagination?

Join IONE, Morton Subotnick, Ramon Sender, Laurie Anderson, Aura Satz and members of the San Francisco Tape Music Center and Center for Contemporary Music to celebrate Pauline Oliveros' life and work, as well as the launch of her book Quantum Listening. In this rescreening event, IONE leads a Sonic Meditation, followed by reflections and remembrances from friends of Pauline. This online event is hosted by Gray Area and Ignota Books.

In response to the anti-war movements of the 1960s, pioneering musician and composer Pauline Oliveros began to expand the way she made music, experimenting with meditation, movement and activism in her compositions. Fascinated by the role that sound and consciousness play in our daily lives, Oliveros developed a series of Sonic Meditations that would eventually lead to the creation of Deep Listening.

In Quantum Listening, Oliveros shows how Deep Listening is the foundation for a radically transformed social matrix: one in which compassion and peace form the basis for our actions in the world.

"Pauline has given inspiration and instructions through the depth of her listening. Her music is still resonating in quantum universes. We receive guidance from her books and essays, her keynote addresses and talks. Her graphic scores are our guiding maps.

Pauline’s Quantum Listening is a clearly worded manifesto advocating for the practice of Deep Listening – the practice of practice. Accessing both the focal and the global at once makes us Futurists too, both creators and recipients of the newness, the peace and the health we long for.

A champion of the underserved and underrepresented, Pauline dares us to embrace change, the unfamiliar and even the unknown. She wants us to be bold enough to imagine a benevolent society that can embrace technology to create a sublime music."

—IONE, Quantum Listening

We will be joined with remembrances by:

IONE (Sonic Meditation)
Laurie Anderson
Aura Satz
David Bernstein
Anne Bourne
Claire Chase & Senem Pirler
Senem Pirler & Monica Duncan
Renko Dempster
Stuart Dempster
Andrea Goodman
Anne Hege
Anne Hemenway
Brenda Hutchinson
Rachel Koenig
Annea Lockwood
Norman Lowrey
Amy Reed
Ramon Sender (with Judy Levy-Sender)
Morton Subotnick
Jennifer Wilsey

About Pauline Oliveros

Pauline Oliveros (1932–2016) was a renowned American composer and performer known for conceiving a unique, meditative, improvisatory approach to music called ‘Deep Listening’®. A central figure in the development of post-war experimental and electronic music, Oliveros was the recipient of four Honorary Doctorates and many awards, including the William Schuman Award for Lifetime Achievement, Columbia University, NY; The Giga-Hertz Award for Lifetime Achievement in Electronic Music from ZKM, Center for Art and Media, Germany and The John Cage Award from from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts. During her lifetime, Oliveros was Distinguished Research Professor of Music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, and Darius Milhaud Artist-in-Residence at Mills College.

Quantum Listening is a manifesto for listening as activism. Through simple yet profound exercises, Oliveros shows how Deep Listening is the foundation for a radically transformed social matrix: one in which compassion and peace form the basis for our actions in the world.

This timely edition brings Oliveros’ futuristic vision – blending technology and spirituality – together with a new Foreword and Introduction by Laurie Anderson and IONE.

Preorder Quantum Listening

About the Center for Contemporary Music

The Center for Contemporary Music originated as the the Tape Music Center, created in 1961 by Pauline Oliveros, Ramon Sender and Morton Subotnick, as a counter-cultural venue for experimental artists and musicians to perform and share ressources, equipment, and knowledge.



IONE is an author, playwright, director and an improvising text-sound artist. In addition to multiple performances internationally, she has created numerous large music theater works with her creative partner and spouse, the composer Pauline Oliveros. IONE’s memoir, Pride of Family; Four Generations of American Women of Color, was a New York Times Notable Book on its publication. She was Artistic Director of Deep Listening Institute, Ltd for 15 years and is currently a Deep Listening Consultant at the Center for Deep Listening, Troy, NY. As Founding Director of The Ministry of Maåt, IONE received the 2019 Arts Mid Hudson Individual Artists Award and a Certificate of Merit from the General Assembly of the State of New York, and was a member of the Kingston Arts Commission for several years. IONE’s most recent opera TOUCH, with composer Karen Power, premiered at Irish National Opera in 2021.

Ignota Books

Ignota Books is an experiment in the techniques of awakening. Founded in the last days of 2017 in the Peruvian mountains, Ignota publishes at the intersection of technology, myth-making and magic. Deriving our name from Hildegard of Bingen’s mystical Lingua Ignota, we seek to develop a language that makes possible the reimagining and reenchantment of the world around us.

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