What is Deep Listening?


Developed by composer Pauline Oliveros, Deep Listening is a practice of awareness devoted to “listening in every possible way to everything possible to hear no matter what one is doing.”  Deep Listening explores the difference between the involuntary nature of hearing and the voluntary, selective nature – exclusive and inclusive — of listening.  The practice includes bodywork, sonic meditations, interactive performance, listening to the sounds of daily life, nature, one’s own thoughts, imagination and dreams, and listening to listening itself.  It cultivates a heightened awareness of the sonic environment, both external and internal, and promotes experimentation, improvisation, collaboration, playfulness and other creative skills vital to personal, artistic and community growth.  Plus it’s a ton of fun.

(Text adapted from the Deep Listening Institute)