Symposium: Legacies of Pauline Oliveros

November 3–4, 2017
Brooklyn College

On November 3–4, 2017, the Conservatory of Music of Brooklyn College hosted the symposium “Legacies of Pauline Oliveros.” This symposium honored the first anniversary of the passing of Oliveros, celebrating her pioneering practice and considering its place in the context of contemporary experimental music.

The symposium included two concerts, nine scholarly presentations, a workshop, and panel discussion.

Symposium Program

Download the program book for the entire symposium (pdf) as well as the symposium poster (pdf).


Friday, November 3

8 p.m.

Concert 1: Shapeshifter Lab
  • $10 tickets ($5 students)
  • Daniel Weintraub, excerpt of documentary film in-progress, Deep Listening: The Story of Pauline Oliveros
  • Carrier Band (Peer Bode, Andrew Deutsch, and Rebekka Palov), “Crossing the Snowstorm”
  • Kristin Norderval, “Listening for Pauline”
  • Viv Corringham and Ethan Hayden, “Thirteen Changes” *
  • Seth Cluett, “The Witness” *
  • Anne Bourne and David Grubbs, “Horse Sings from Cloud” *

Saturday, November 4

All of today’s events are free and open to the public, and are located in the Woody Tanger Auditorium, first floor, Brooklyn College Library, unless otherwise noted.

10–11 a.m.

Talks, panels, and workshop
  • Moderator: Lindsey Eckenroth
  • Mike Bullock: “Accordion to Pauline”
  • Ethan Hayden and Vivienne Corringham: “Signals & (Free) Noyes: Toward a Performance Practice of Heart of Tones”
  • Sarah Weaver: “Roots for Deep Listening in Bye Bye Butterfly—An Early Composition of Pauline Oliveros”

11 a.m.–Noon

Talks, panels, and workshop
  • Moderator: Nomi Epstein
  • Adam Tinkle: “The Sonic Arts Guild representative for the West Coast”: Pauline Oliveros’s resonance aesthetics in context”
  • Miya Masaoka: “Re-imagining Sound, Perception and the Vagina: The Vagina Is the Third Ear”
  • Nicholas DeMaison, IONE, Ross Karre, and Monica Duncan: “Constructing FLOWERS”

Noon–1:30 p.m.

Lunch break (lunch not provided by symposium)

1:30–2:30 p.m.

Talks, panels, and workshop
  • Moderator: David Grubbs
  • Mairead Case: “Wilma Deering & Pauline”
  • Jules Gimbrone: “Unnatural Acts Between Consenting Adults—Screening and Excerpt from A Room Without Walls: Experimental Music and Queer Space”
  • Kristin Norderval: “The Queer Roots and Effects of Deep Listening”

2:45–3:30 p.m.

  • “AUMI: Improvisation across abilities in collaboration and community,” by Leaf Miller and Sherrie Tucker

3:45–5 p.m.

Panel Discussion
  • “Remembering Pauline.” Discussion among IONE, Tania León, Morton Subotnick, and Tony Martin, moderated by Tomie Hahn.

7 p.m.

Concert 2: Studio 312, Roosevelt Hall Extension, Brooklyn College
  • Monique Buzzarté, “Invocation”
  • Gisela Gamper, “What Goes Around Comes Around: Video documentation of a Pauline Oliveros performance” *
  • Thomas Ciufo and Curtis Bahn, “Improvisation, for Pauline”
  • Alex Chechile, “Rides Again (for/with Pauline Oliveros),” performed by Vodstrup
  • Fred Lonberg-Holm, Tomeka Reid, “Improvisation”
  • Monique Buzzarté and Sarah Cahill, “The Gender of Now: There but Not There” *

9 p.m.

Group Performance: Brooklyn College campus
  • Bonn Feier*, cross-campus procession and performance, led by Douglas Cohen

* Works composed by Pauline Oliveros.


Symposium participants:

  • Curtis Bahn
  • Carrier Band (Peer Bode, Andrew Deutsch, and Rebekka Palov)
  • Anne Bourne Mike Bullock
  • Monique Buzzarté
  • Sarah Cahill
  • Mairead Case
  • Alex Chechile
  • Thomas Ciufo
  • Seth Cluett
  • Douglas Cohen
  • Vivienne Corringham
  • Nicholas DeMaison
  • Monica Duncan
  • Nomi Epstein
  • Gisela Gamper
  • Jules Gimbrone
  • David Grubbs
  • Tomie Hahn
  • Ethan Hayden
  • IONE
  • Ross Karre
  • Tania León
  • Fred Lonberg-Holm
  • Tony Martin
  • Miya Masaoka
  • Leaf Miller
  • Kristin Norderval
  • Tomeka Reid
  • Morton Subotnick
  • Adam Tinkle
  • Sherrie Tucker
  • Sarah Weaver
  • Daniel Weintraub
  • Bart Woodstrup


Symposium Directors

Organizing Committee

Symposium Staff

  • Howard Alper
  • Max Alper
  • Gabriela Baez
  • John Baylies
  • Sean Fowler
  • Sam Harmet
  • David Koch
  • Dave Koenig
  • Mengjie Maggie Qi
  • Bradley Schirmer
  • Red Wierenga
  • Matthew Weisberg


Brooklyn. All in.