practice #29: listening out loud (the möbius chorus) by jesse perlstein (nyc)
saturday, august 18th, 4pm, free entry
we would like all guests to be able to participate, so pls arrive on time. seating is limited and first come, first served.
this meditation is based on “listening out loud”, a ‘tuning meditation’ created by the 20th century composer and pioneer of experimental and electronic music, pauline oliveros. ‘tuning meditation’ is an instructive score that requires the active vocal participation of the audience (no previous experience necessary). our aim is to foster an environment of ‘deep listening,’ an idea coined by oliveros that focuses on the confluence of sound and meditation,cultivating a deep awareness of these processes. being an exercise of deep listening, this meditation follows three tenets: listening/sounding, moving, and dreaming.
together as a sonic chorus, we will be accessing these tenets through oliveros’ simple instructions:
1. close your eyes and inhale deeply
2. exhale on the note of your choosing (and hold it for as long as desired)
3. on your next inhale, listen to the sounds around you and exhale on a note you can hear
4. on your following inhale, listen to the sounds around you and exhale on a note you do not hear
5. repeat and cycle steps 3 & 4
it’s okay to take breaks, be silent & simply listen; make sound when it feels right..
this meditation will last approximately 40 minutes.
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