World Listening Day 2017: Listening to the Ground

You are invited to participate in World Listening Day 2017, an annual global event held on July 18.
This year’s theme is “Listening to the Ground”

“Sometimes we walk on the ground, sometimes on sidewalks or asphalt, or other surfaces. Can we find ground to walk on and can we listen for the sound or sounds of ground? Are we losing ground? Can we find new ground by listening for it?”—Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016)

In addition to this year’s theme, WLD 2017 reflects and honors the life and legacy of Pauline Oliveros, who died at age 84 on 26 November 2016.

American composer, accordionist and a central figure in the development of experimental and post-war electronic art music. She was a founding member of the San Francisco Tape Music Center in the 1960s, and served as its director. She taught music at Mills College, the University of California, San Diego, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Oliveros authored books, formulated new music theories, and investigated new ways to focus attention on music including her concepts of “Deep Listening” and “sonic awareness”.


Deep Listening: 2nd Annual International Art-Science Conference

Deep Listening: Art/Science
2nd Annual International Conference on Deep Listening
July 10-12, 2014

Pre-conference workshops – July 7-9
Conference – July 10-12
Post-conference festival – July 12 &  July 13

Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC)
at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Organized by Deep Listening Institute, Ltd
Presented by RPI’s School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS), RPI Arts Department and the Center for Cognition, Communication and Culture

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New Recording – Orchestra of Futurist Noise Intoners

2013 is the 100-year anniversary of the first public performance of Luigi Russolo’s intonarumori, shortly after the publication that same year of his “Art of Noise (futurist manifesto).”

The intonarumori (noise intoners) are acoustically driven instruments originally designed and constructed by Russolo to make his new form of music. They were lost and destroyed over the subsequent years. As Joseph Young mentioned on the WLP’s March 11 post, few recordings of the original performances survived. In 2009 Luciano Chessa was commissioned to research and reconstruct the intonarumori. You can listen to David Weinstein speaking with Chessa about this intriguing story. And now, on this new LP by Sub Rosa, we can listen to recent performances directed by Chessa. Archival recordings made by Russolo are also featured.

The Orchestra of Futurist Noise Intoners features:
Pauline Oliveros
Blixa Bargeld
Mike Patton
Luigi Russolo
Ulrich Krieger
Margareth Kammerer
Ellen Fullman
Luciano Chessa
Teho Tehardo
Nick Hallett
James Fei
Pablo Ortiz
Sylvano Bussotti

Robert Filliou’s translation of Russolo’s “Art of Noise (futurist manifesto, 1913)” is available on Ubuweb.

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