Look East And Drone
“Take a walk at night. Walk so silently that the bottom of your feet become ears.” - Oliveros, 1974
Deep Listening situates a heightened state of awareness that connects to an acoustic environment, and through Sonic Meditations, spurs inspiration. These directives for sonic experiences can be practiced in different environments either solo or as a group.
In a sonically rich location, Archival Feedback will guide a group of 20 participants through an introduction to Deep Listening and read/perform some of Pauline Oliveros' traditional Sonic Meditation exercises, along with new AF-penned meditations. Afterwards, the participants will respond to their experience by writing a poem, collectively producing a text. The resulting work will take the form of a chapbook to be riso-printed in an edition of 50, as well as digitized for online access.
April 8th, 2018, at 8:20 a.m., look east and drone to the rhythm of the skies.
“The key product of all this training is the development of receptivity. In general, our cultural training dominantly promotes active manipulation of the external environment through analysis and judgment, and tends to devalue the receptive mode which consists of observation and intuition… My project was designed to reverse the above-stated situation, not to replace the active mode but to complement it. It seems to me that musicians might benefit by the ability to switch modes easily and consciously. Promoting receptivity has high potential value in teaching, as well as rehearsal and performance.”