Pauline Oliveros on the Difference Between Hearing and Listening

A new TEDtalk by Pauline Oliveros has been published on YouTube. It’s great, as anything you could expect from her. She talks about the deep listening process, her considerations around whats truly listen and how it reflects on our lives.

I particularly like when she talks about listening as a lifetime practice, as a disciple which depends on training, cultivation. At the same time, the way of valuing our opening to what she calls “entire field of sound” is tempting. Also, it’s curious to note that, by doing a remarked differentiation between what’s sounding (measurable, acoustic, physical) and what’s being listened (non-measurable, subjective, psychologically). It’s interesting that she links both process as co-dependent, ultimately exposing a dialogic form of the listening process which result in a radical expansion of space and time.

“Sounds carry intelligence. If you are too narrow in your awareness of sounds, you are likely to be disconnected from your environment. Ears do not listen to sounds; the brain does. Listening is a lifetime practice that depends on accumulated experiences with sound; it can be focused to detail or open to the entire field of sound. Octogenarian composer and sound art pioneer Pauline Oliveros describes the sound experiment that led her to found an institute related to Deep Listening, and develop it as a theory relevant to music, psychology, and our collective quality of life.”

via mediateletipos

Miguel Isaza M

Listener, speaker.