Artist: Pauline Oliveros/Ione/Anne Bourne/Doug Van Nort
Songs: [two excerpts]
Recorded at The Music Gallery (X Avant XI – Night 2), October 14, 2016.
This visit to the X Avant Festival from legendary electronic music theorist and Deep Listening advocate Pauline Oliveros (alongside her partner Ione) was accompanied with a couple spin-offs from some of her local acolytes — a talk at York University overseen by electroacoustician Doug Van Nort earlier on the day of this performance as well as an outdoor Deep Listening workshop out in the St. George the Martyr courtyard the following afternoon. Both also accompanied the honoured guests for this improvised quartet, delivered in 8-channel surround sound live-mixed by Van Nort, who was also supplying some other sonic interventions to Bourne's cello, Oliveros' digital accordion and Ione's spoken dream-fragments. There were some cool spacialization effects with sound occasionally sweeping around the room, adding moments of immediacy to the players' patient sound-tilling — and plenty to be harvested for those with an attention span and an itch for serenity.