hearing v. listening

Pauline Oliveros at Big Ears 2009 (Knoxville Museum of Art)

“The practice of deep listening explores the difference between hearing and listening. The ear hears, the brain listens, the body senses vibrations. Listening is a lifetime practice that depends on accumulated experiences with sounds… Listening is a mysterious process that is not the same for everyone.” –Pauline Oliveros

I was blessed–yes, blessed–to have been present for listening, hearing, and feeling Pauline Oliveros cultivate musical minds at the Big Ears festival in 2009.

She was not the first to teach me to listen, deeply or otherwise; nor the last. But I did learn a great deal of this concept from her.

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