Pauline Oliveros / Stuart Dempster / Panaiotis - Deep Listening

Pauline Oliveros / Stuart Dempster / Panaiotis — Deep Listening

New Albion, 1989

Deep Listening is quintessential Oliveros. The album takes its name from a philosophy of listening she’d been developing throughout her lifetime, and stands as a kind of manifesto for her entire body of work. With trombonist Stuart Dempster and vocalist Panaiotis, Oliveros has devised an entire universe of sound in four acts. Deep Listening teaches you how to listen — and how to be — slowly. Oliveros and her collaborators invite you to ruminate on slowness via didgeridoo, trombone, and electronic drones slowed almost to the point of indistiction. Listen hard to these tracks. In the overwhelming ambient darkness you’ll find intermittent glimpses of light — something in them that’s radically slow, radically of the body.

RIYD: slow listening, slow being, extended rumination, somber drone, ambient improvisation,


1. Lear [24:56] — The darkest one, the biggest one.

2. Suiren [10:02] — Ethereal lightness, glittering tiderays.

3. Ione [17:41] — Edged sound, a middle ground. Gorgeous ambient swells with a huge amount of diverse instrumentation.

4. Nike [10:37] — Ghost howls, clouds of trombone and clattering objects. Like an empty warehouse with great acoustics.

Will Gottsegen