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Oliveros, Pauline: Tara's Room [VINYL] (Important Records)

One of two reissues from the collaboration of Important Records and the Pauline Oliveros Trust, this solo accordion album from Pauline Oliveros self-released in 1987 on cassette is a rich album in the vein of her Deep Listening work, two warmly beautiful pieces using a just intonation accordion and her Expanded Instrument System in order to bend time and pitch.

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UPC: 793447547213

Label: Important Records
Catalog ID: IMPREC 472LP
Squidco Product Code: 27847

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: USA
Packaging: LP
Recorded at Harvestworks, in New York City, New York, in May, 1987, by Connie Kieltyka and Richard Zvonar. Originally self-released on cassette in 1987.


Pauline Oliveros-accordion, vocals, effects, composer

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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. The Beauty Of Sorrow 25:04


1. Tara's Room 27:31
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Pauline Oliveros's Tara's Room has long been a favorite at Important Records and here they release it on LP for the very first time. Tara's Room was cut by John Golden and pressed at RTI in order to achieve a quiet, dynamic pressing. Originally released on cassette in 1987 following the 1986 release of Sounding / Way with Guy Klucevsek, also reissued by Important Records (IMPREC 471LP).

This LP features two long sides of infinite depth and sensitivity. Oliveros performs these pieces using a just intonation accordion and her Expanded Instrument System in order to bend both time and pitch. "Both pieces are intended to aid the listener in times of spiritual change, but are just fine for 'everyday' use as well. Highly recommended."-Charles S. Russell, Ear Magazine

"Obviously, the late Pauline Oliveros wasn't JUST an accordionist. But as a part of Important Records' ongoing collaboration with the Pauline Oliveros Trust, where the goal is to shine a retrospective light on the life and work of Oliveros, suddenly accordions are raining from the sky!

The stereotype of it being an instrument for nerds was only ever accepted by impressionable Urkel observers. Accordions are raining from the sky now, and the inevitable victims of a squeezebox bludgeoning have been predetermined by the unconscious level of smirk whenever the word "accordion" enters the conversation. Thus, regular readers of TMT will largely be spared, and the just-announced releases should prove plenty appealing as well.

Sounding / Way is a collaboration with fellow accordionist, Guy Klucevsek; and as far as I can tell, it originally came out on limited edition, basically apparational cassette in 1986. The release was a conjoining of two separately-written accordion pieces that were performed together, and its reissue is accompanied by Tara's Room, a solo Oliveros endeavor from 1987. That foray of accordionism has been reissued in the meantime, but not on the vinyl medium on which it's being imminently etched."-Mike Reid, Tiny Mix Tapes

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