Thoughts of Pauline Oliveros in the Time of Lockdown

Source: The New York Times.

As I have been learning to live with the changing sounds of New York City, I’ve been thinking of the work of the experimental American composer Pauline Oliveros, who dedicated her long career to exploring “the difference between hearing and listening.” As she put it in a TED Talk in 2015, the year before she died, “To hear is the physical means that enables perception. To listen is to give attention to what is perceived both acoustically and psychologically.”