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 – a practice for healing and transformation open to all, rooted in her musicianship.
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.
First published at the turn of the millennium, this timely edition brings Oliveros’ futuristic vision – blending technology and spirituality – together with a new Foreword and Introduction by Laurie Anderson and IONE.
‘Oliveros’s listening encompasses the whole world, it doesn’t separate you from it, and the noise of politics, identity, and representation is part of what she hears.’ Tom Service, the Guardian
‘She had a huge and generous heart and gave freely of her musical treasures… She has left a rich, vastly detailed legacy. A meaningful life lived to the fullest.’ Terry Riley
‘Her holistic approach to making music is a testament to the generative powers of listening, noticing, improvisation and responding to what is already here rather than seeking to overwrite it. Her work doesn’t shut out the world; it remains thoroughly connected to it.’ Claire-Louise Bennett
‘She challenged not just traditional notions of musical beauty, but also traditional gender dynamics… She believed in the old-fashioned yet radical notion that music can have healing power.’ New York Times
‘Oliveros’s aims were… intended to be transformational, even therapeutic, enacting lasting changes on the body and mind.’ New Yorker
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