Pioneering American composer Pauline Oliveros and author Ione present a three-part improvisation performed on a specially tuned digital accordion, spoken word and sonic vocals, transforming own input in real time using Oliveros's Expanded Instrument System.
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Label: Morphine Records
Catalog ID: DOSER 027LP
Squidco Product Code: 21426
Recorded at New York Live Arts, Live Ideas Festival 2015, by Jesse Stiles.
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1 Water Above Sky Below Now (Part 1) 13:12
A Water Above Sky Below Now (Part 2) 7:15
1 Water Above Sky Below Now (Part 3) 18:45
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"Pioneering American composer Pauline Oliveros and author Ione present Water Above Sky Below Now. An experimental musician and educator, Oliveros is the creator of the deep listening practice of highly attentive full-body audition. She is joined on the album by Ione, an author and improviser of spoken word and sonic vocals, and the artistic director of the Deep Listening Institute founded by Oliveros.
This three-part improvisation was produced using Oliveros's Expanded Instrument System (EIS), an electronic sound-processing environment that allows improvising musicians to transform their own acoustic input in real time. Here, her specially tuned digital accordion -- accompanied by Ione's vocals and spoken word -- is converted via EIS, manipulated, and diffused through multiple channels.
"The EIS imperative (and improvisation imperative)," Oliveros writes, "is to listen and respond: spatial relationships and progressions are as important as the traditional parameters of music." The release of Water Above Sky Below Now is the latest movement in Oliveros's six-decade-long career, which began at the San Francisco Tape Music Center in the '60s and was distinguished with the William Schuman Award for lifetime achievement in 2009."-Morphine
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"Pauline Oliveros was a senior figure in contemporary American music. Her career spans fifty years of boundary dissolving music making. In the '50s she was part of a circle of iconoclastic composers, artists, poets gathered together in San Francisco. Recently awarded the John Cage award for 2012 from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts, Oliveros was Distinguished Research Professor of Music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, and Darius Milhaud Artist-in-Residence at Mills College. Oliveros has been as interested in finding new sounds as in finding new uses for old ones --her primary instrument was the accordion, an unexpected visitor perhaps to musical cutting edge, but one which she approaches in much the same way that a Zen musician might approach the Japanese shakuhachi. Pauline Oliveros' life as a composer, performer and humanitarian was about opening her own and others' sensibilities to the universe and facets of sounds. Since the 1960's she has influenced American music profoundly through her work with improvisation, meditation, electronic music, myth and ritual. Pauline Oliveros was the founder of "Deep Listening," which comes from her childhood fascination with sounds and from her works in concert music with composition, improvisation and electro-acoustics. Pauline Oliveros describes Deep Listening as a way of listening in every possible way to everything possible to hear no matter what you are doing. Such intense listening includes the sounds of daily life, of nature, of one's own thoughts as well as musical sounds. Deep Listening was my life practice," she explains, simply. Oliveros was founder of Deep Listening Institute, formerly Pauline Oliveros Foundation, now the Center For Deep Listening at Rensselaer."-Pauline Oliveros Website (http://paulineoliveros.us/about.html)
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