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I recently came across a fine introduction to the music of Pauline Oliveros.

I interviewed her during the Unyazi music festival in Johannesburg, 2005, and asked what it was that led her to her approach. “The Vietnam war was a catalyst,” she replied. Assassinations, draft resistance and a student immolating himself on the campus where she had just begun working led her to question the value of her activities as a composer. She began an inward process of listening to (single) tones which led her to begin writing her Sonic Meditations – pieces that “helped create openings for people to think creatively.”

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Rudiger Meyer is a composer interested in the play between traditional concert music and new media.


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