Tag: Pauline Oliveros

  • 5 Moments in the History of Tape That Shaped Modern Music

    5 Moments in the History of Tape That Shaped Modern Music

    Before the synthesizer, electronic experimenters were already at work with another instrument — the tape recorder. Before the ability to record, musical excellence, virtuosity, and authenticity were associated with playing a live instrument. In fact, recording was often perceived as a “dishonest” activity by some artists at its introduction. Until it fell into the hands of those willing […]

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  • 10 of the Most Interesting Field Recordists Working Across Aesthetic Boundaries

    10 of the Most Interesting Field Recordists Working Across Aesthetic Boundaries

    + Welcome to Soundfly! We help curious musicians meet their goals with creative online courses. Whatever you want to learn, whenever you need to learn it. Subscribe now to start learning on the ’Fly. The roots of field recording go all the way back to early 1900s when pioneer musicologist John Lomax began recording cowboy songs in Texas. His son Alan […]

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  • Listening and Liberation: The World Is Sound

    Listening and Liberation: The World Is Sound

    When you enter a Tibetan shrine, you see objects lit by the flicker of candles, hear the sounds of chanting, and inhale the smell of incense. We are trained to look at art, but these objects have lives and relationships with humans that are contingent on all of our senses. In a museum we typically prioritize […]

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  • Pauline Oliveros Made Me a Better Listener

    Pauline Oliveros Made Me a Better Listener

    We know more about hearing than listening. Sound is sound, and all sound can be music. There is virtue and scholarship in all sounds, all music, but we aren’t listening to it. We might be hearing it, but we aren’t listening. We as musicians and music lovers find ourselves forming cliques. We congregate in venues, […]

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