Curating The Week: Deep Listening, Interpolation in Pop, Musical Repetition

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• A brief talk by Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016) about deep listening.

“We had to respect the sound that was coming to us from the cistern walls and include it in our musical sensibility.”

“To listen is to pay attention to what is perceived, both acoustically and psychologically.”

An article about interpolation in pop music.

“That idea of singing a bit of somebody else’s song in the middle of yours (known technically as interpolation) might just be the future of pop music. After all, in a world where practically every new track feels like a haunted house beset by ghosts of melodies past, deliberately evoking another song seems like the audacious and self-aware thing to do.”

• A video about music and repetition.

“Musical repetition is deeply compelling. It invites us into music as imagined participants, rather than as passive listeners.”

2 thoughts on “Curating The Week: Deep Listening, Interpolation in Pop, Musical Repetition

  1. hope you are having a happy thanksgiving weekend TB! really enjoyed reading this quote you provided, “Musical repetition is deeply compelling. It invites us into music as imagined participants, rather than as passive listeners.” I think I would just take out the word ‘imagined’ – or replace it with ‘active’…or ‘connected’… see you soon! RL

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