We had a phonograph, a wind up Victrola, on which I used to play records. I listened to them and loved it when the phonograph ran down so the music would start to droop; that was fun.
I used to listen to my grandfather’s crystal radio, and I loved the static that came out of it. It was so hard to tune to stations on that radio. Same thing with my father’s short wave radio, I loved the whistles and pops and things that were in between the stations. Radio was a very, very prevalent influence in my childhood, and I loved the sounds made by the foley people, the sound effects for different radio programs.
It was really through owning a tape recorder and then beginning to work with it creatively, recording sounds… well, recording them at 7.5 and dropping them to 3.75 or vice versa, that I got started working seriously with tape. With the tape recorder that I had, it was possible to record by hand winding the tape in record mode, to get a variable speed that I could use to do some interesting things. I used to amplify small objects on an apple box or on the wall, and I used the bathtub for reverberation and cardboard tubes as filters. I’d put microphones in the tube and then record sounds through the tube.
– Pauline Oliveros, interview with Alan Baker, American Public Media, January 2003
Whether the theater is narrative or non-narrative, I consider the music to be a field which hosts the text.
– Pauline Oliveros, EST magazine interview with Brian Duguid, includes discography
As a musician, I am interested in the sensual nature of sound, its power of synchronization, coordination, release and change.
Pauline Oliveros, Rensselaer Faculty profile
Ione is a noted author, playwright/director and poet whose works include the critically acclaimed memoir, Pride of Family Four Generations of American Women of Color, Listening in Dreams and This is a Dream!
Other works include; The Night Train to Aswan and Nile Night: Remembered Texts from the Deep and Spell Breaking; Remembered Ways of Being, and Anthology of Women’s Mysteries.
She is the playwright and director of Njinga the Queen King (BAM’s Next Wave Festival) and the dance Opera Io and Her and the Trouble with Him (Union Theatre, Madison,WI) The Lunar Opera; Deep Listening For_Tunes. (Lincoln Center Out of Doors), She has created two experimental films, Venezia e L’egitto and Dreams of the Jungfrau. Ione and Pauline Oliveros are currently collaborating on The Nubian Word for Flowers, A Phantom Opera. Encompassing the Nubian Diaspora and the life of Lord Horatio Herbert Kitchener of Khartoum, the opera is “a deep dream exploration of Nubian soul and the Colonial Mind”. Ione is also an improvising sound/text artist who performs in the United States and Internationally.
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