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Deep Listening: The Story of Pauline Oliveros (12A*) + ScreenTalk with director Daniel Weintraub and music producer Marta Salogni

Doc'n Roll Film Festival 2023

A woman sits on a bench outside and plays an accordion.

This film powerfully conveys the extraordinary achievements of electronic and experimental music pioneer Pauline Oliveros, with a focus on her profound work around Deep Listening.

Pauline Oliveros, the distinguished lesbian, feminist American composer played a major role in the development of experimental music, passed away peacefully in 2016.

Born in 1932 in Texas, Oliveros pioneered collaborative mixed-media compositions with electronic sounds, light projections and theatrical elements in the 1960s.

She created tape music compositions considered classic works in the history of electronic and contributed to the early development of free improvisation.

Oliveros viewed sonic multiplicity as “a grand composition” and was committed to developing and teaching perceptual skills that made it possible for people to appreciate a global “sound environment.” She extended this praxis to “Deep Listening,” a form of meditative art that focuses on the sounds of the external world, and the ephemeral sounds of our innermost thoughts.

Dir. Daniel Weintraub, Canada, 2023, 125 mins

Sarah Shin will be hosting the ScreenTalk.

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