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Oliveros, Pauline

Reverberations 1 [VINYL 2 LPs]

Oliveros, Pauline: Reverberations 1 [VINYL 2 LPs] (Important Records)

Important Records released the 12-CD box set "Reverberations: Tape & Electronic Music 1961-1970" in 2012, presenting an overview of Oliveros' experimental music along with early and unreleased music; this is the 1st volume in the vinyl Reverberations series, which will reissue those CDs on LP, here presenting two works: "Time Perspectives" and "Mnemonics".

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UPC: 793447547015

Label: Important Records
Catalog ID: IMPREC 470LP
Squidco Product Code: 26872

Format: 2 LPs
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: USA
Packaging: LP - Gatefold
Side A recorded at Pauline Oliveros Home Electronic Music Studio.

Sides B, C and D recorded at San Francisco Tape Music Center.


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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."

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track listing:


1. Time Perspectives 19:38


1. Mnemonics I 15:09

2. Mnemonics II 9:55


1. Mnemonics II 17:34


1. Mnemonics IV 18:46
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"In 2012 Important Records released Reverberations: Tape and Electronic Music 1961-1970 (IMPREC 352CD), a historic 12-CD box set compiling much of Pauline Oliveros' early and unreleased electronic work. Reverberations 1 is the first release in an ongoing series dedicated to releasing the entire 12-CD box set on vinyl.

Organized chronologically by studio, the complete Reverberations not only documents Pauline's earliest electronic music but it also functions as an early history of electronic music itself. Pauline Oliveros -- composer, performer and humanitarian -- was an important pioneer in American music. Acclaimed internationally, for four decades she explored found, forging new ground for herself and others. Through improvisation, electronic music, ritual, teaching and meditation she has created a body of work with such breadth of vision that it profoundly effects those who experience it and it eludes many who try to write about it.

In partnership with the Pauline Oliveros Trust, Imprec will be releasing essential titles from Pauline Oliveros' catalog on vinyl including the complete Reverberations box set, Tara's Room, Sounding/Way (with Guy Klucevsek), and many more."-Important

"It is always hard to speak the right words when it comes to talk about classics. The work of Pauline Oliveros has been seminal for the experience of every composer, listener or simple aficionado who put their interest in electroacoustic music.

Being part of that new group of American composers she considerably steered away from the fashion that was common in Europe at that time, in Paris and Darmstadt, she led a way towards a music for the senses, the development of a new perceptual consciousness through the concept of Deep Listening.

In 2012, Important Records decided to compile and put out a gorgeous box set of 12 cd's containing all the early and unreleased works of Pauline Oliveros, providing also a clarification about the chronological evolution of her compositional style. In this sense, this monography appears utterly intriguing because it allows us explore also a particular time in electronic music history through the eyes of the composer. This volume is the first release of an ongoing series dedicated to releasing the entire 12 CD box set on vinyl.

This first volume contains a piece called Time Perspective from 1961 that she composed in her home studio and the Mnemonics series, made of four pieces, all composed between 1964 and 1966 at the San Francisco Tape Music Center.

Time Perspective, first released in 2008, is one of the earliest composition from Oliveros. In this period, she still adopts a rather gestural style, attributable to the French musique concrete tradition. The quite dilated form and the sense of depth offered by intense layering generates a clear sense of verticality. These are factors that start outlining what the identity of the composer will become, but we are still far away from the distinct sound of her most well-known work.

Mnemonics I - II - III - IV instead dive deeper into the use of synthesizers and show a greater capability of creating dystopian electric landscapes with a great attention to details and a meaningful attitude towards each single line of sound and the way it builds relations with the others. Of this four pieces, only the third had been previously released, also in 2008, while one, two and four, were first presented in the Important Records boxset from 2012.

What strikes of Pauline Oliveros work, especially in her Mnemonic series (of which my favourite is the second), is her modernity. The plain and honest way she dives into a sensuous relationship with the sound matter as a gateway to humanity. Sounds simple, it is not."-Giuseppe Pisano, Toneshift

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