Inside Rensselaer
Volume 6, No. 8, April 27, 2012
Mark Century

Pauline Oliveros

Pauline OliverosCourtesy of PO Krannert Museum IL
Photo by Ione

EMPAC and Arts Department To Celebrate “Oliveros at 80,” May 10

The campus community is invited to the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) to celebrate the 80th birthday of Pauline Oliveros, professor of practice in the arts department, on Thursday, May 10.

Join in a celebration of Oliveros’ 80th birthday, complete with Tibetan dungchen, didgeridoo, 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 Arts Department, this event will benefit the Deep Listening Institute.

Oliveros’ life as a composer, performer, and humanitarian is about opening her own and others’ senses to the many facets of sound. Since the 1960s, she has profoundly influenced American music through her work with improvisation, meditation, electronic music, myth, and ritual. All of Oliveros’ work emphasizes musicianship, attention strategies, and improvisational skills. Many credit her with being the founder of present-day meditative music, and she has been celebrated worldwide. Sounding the Margins—a 40-year retrospective, will be released soon in a six-CD boxed set from Deep Listening.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the EMPAC Concert Hall. Admission is free. For more information, go to

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