Pauline Oliveros 80th birthday celebration (concert review)

Pauline Oliveros 80th birthday celebration (concert review)
Is there any career that gives better birthday celebrations than being a composer? Pauline Oliveros turns 80 later this month and RPI, where she teaches, pulled out all the stops on Thursday night (5/10/12) at EMPAC in Troy. There was music and speeches, cake and champagne, plus party favors (a newly issued DVD). The vaunted acoustics of the EMPAC concert hall were even spiffed up for the occasion. A computer-aided loudspeaker...
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John Cage on sound and silence

John Cage on sound and silence
“When I hear what we call music, it seems to me that someone is talking… But when I hear traffic… I don’t have the feeling that anyone is talking. I have the feeling that sound is acting. And I love the activity of sound. What it does is it gets louder and quieter, and higher and lower, and longer and shorter. It does all those things and I’m completely satisfied.”
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Queeries for composer Gerald Busby

Queeries for composer Gerald Busby
Gerald Busby (photo by Mia Hanson) Gerald Busby, a native of Texas, graduate of Yale, and protégé of Virgil Thomson, made his professional debut as a composer with a commission from Paul Taylor for the dance RUNES. The work has had nearly 1,000 performances around the world since its Paris premiere and was featured on the PBS series, Great Performances, Dance in America, and recorded on Nonesuch. Other significant collaborations...
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Pauline Oliveros, A muscial adventurer begins by listening

Imagine a music that is created more by listening than by playing notes. The sounds are determined by the time and place in which the musicians gather, and the players are guided not so much by a score but by their heightened sensitivities to each other, their environment and their common values of collaboration. Such is the sonic universe of Pauline Oliveros, a 70-year-old composer and accordionist, internationally known...
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