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Musician composes work inspired by deep listening pioneer Pauline Oliveros

Claudia Molitor's new sound work, Auricularis Superior, was commissioned by Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival


A composer from City, University of London has launched a new sound work dedicated to the late “deep listening” pioneer Pauline Oliveros.

Auricularis Superior, by Dr Claudia Molitor (right), was launched at the new Leeds art gallery, The Tetley, as part of Field Studies 2017: Listening after Pauline Oliveros. It will also be featured during this year’s Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, which is celebrating Oliveros's work in its 40th edition, from 17th to 26th November.

Dr Molitor, of the Department of Music at City, said: "Our listening is manifestly relational and gloriously multi-sensory, and frequently transports us via our imagination and memory through time and space. No wonder we are so enthralled by the experience of listening.

“Pauline Oliveros, the pioneering composer, was an inspiration to many through her Deep Listening practice. In Auricularis Superior, a homage to her work, I aim to take the listener on a 30-minute sonic excursion of attentive listening, by sharing stories about the extraordinary experience of everyday listening.”

The composer added it was impossible to sum up Oliveros's practice, but in her book Deep Listening: A Composer’s Sound Practice, Oliveros says: “Anyone can practice Deep Listening… Deep Listening for me is learning to expand the perception of sounds to include the whole space/time continuum of sound – encountering the vastness and complexities as much as possible.”

Auricularis Superior gives listeners the opportunity to sit somewhere public – or amble indirectly – while listening intently to its own shifting soundscape; changing established relationships between the listener, sound and space.

The work was commissioned by Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (hcmf//), an annual international festival of contemporary and new music, with 50 events including concerts, music-theatre, dance, multi-media, talks and film.

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