Ritual Listening: Pauline Oliveros’ Sonic Meditations

New Suns: A Feminist Literary Festival

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A guided workshop utilising meditative ritual to explore sound. 

‘Music created by women could have a special function… for healing separations that cloud the spirit of humanity… Music cannot go on as a lopsided affair belonging only to men. As music changes so will the world as we know it.’ Pauline Oliveros

A meditative workshop where you will listen to sounds, and be asked to imagine and make sounds. All are welcome regardless of musical or meditation experience or ability, and you will be guided throughout.

Pauline Oliveros’ Sonic Meditations are written instructions for meditative rituals intended for healing. They are investigations into new social experiences and relations via sound. Producer object blue, writer Frances Morgan leads this workshop using the Sonic Meditations originally developed in Oliveros’ women’s group ♀Ensemble.

Workshop led by object blue, Frances Morgan and Irene Revell. 

Programmed in collaboration with Rewire Festival. 

Pauline Oliveros (1932–2016), a pioneer in electronic music, brought to her adventures in music the study of consciousness, autonomic feedback and Native American and East Asian cultures, particularly Buddhism and martial arts, to create an experimental field of investigation into the self and sound. 

Artwork by Cecilia Serafini 

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