Pauline Oliveros

Pauline Oliveros: Accordion, Electronics, Keyboards

Genre: Electro | DJ, Noise | Xprmntl

RIYL: Gary Wilson, John Cage, Frank Zappa, Edgar Varese, Kronos Quartet, PDQ Bach, Harry Partch, Yoko Ono

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Influences: John Cage, Edgar Varese, Pierre Schaeffer, Brian Eno, Tangerine Dream, PDQ Bach, Harry Partch, Ivor Darreg, Charles Ives, Morton Feldman, David Tudor, Raymond Scott


Composer Pauline Oliveros was a champion of experimental music known for her tape music compositions, now considered important milestones in the development of electronic music.

She accepted a position at UCSD in 1967, developing its new music program for fourteen years, serving as the director of the university's Center for Music Experiment from 1976 to 1979. She left her tenured position as full Professor of Music at UCSD in 1981 and relocated to upstate New York to become an independent composer, performer, and consultant.

Oliveros also taught music at Mills College, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, as well as authoring several books delving into her musical theories about concepts she called "deep listening" and "sonic awareness." She established the Pauline Oliveros Foundation (later known as the Deep Listening Institute), a non-profit program supporting experimental and theatrical music presentations, in 1985.

Oliveros passed away on November 24, 2016.

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