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How does the way you hear sound influence your understanding of the world around you? This question guided the life’s work of groundbreaking artist Pauline Oliveros, who left this plane in 2016.

Oliveros, whose work has been featured in the Rubin exhibition The World Is Sound, left behind a rich legacy of innovative techniques intended to shift the way we experience the act of listening. The practice she developed, Deep Listening, is designed to improve a practitioner’s sonic awareness, with the potential to increase creativity, enhance openness and compassion, and expand overall consciousness.

Deep Listening techniques continue to inspire new generations of sound makers and artists of all types, but nearly everyone (artist or not) can employ the practices and attempt to transform their minds.


IONE is an author, playwright, director and improvising text and sound artist. Her publications include the critically acclaimed memoir, Pride of Family Four Generations of American Women of Color, Listening in Dreams and This is a Dream! She is the former artistic director of the Deep Listening Institute and founding director of the Ministry of Maåt, a not-for-profit organisation emphasising women’s spiritual and educational well-being. A specialist in dreams and the creative process, IONE facilitates retreats throughout the world. For Classical:NEXT, IONE leads the World Wide Tuning Meditation, as developed by Pauline Oliveros, her long-time creative collaborator and spouse, with whom she performed and recorded together internationally for many decades.