During a masterclass, hosted by Sonic Acts XIV, 23 February 2012, Pauline Oliveros tells the story of recording in the Fort Worden Cistern, Port Townsend, Washington, during a summary of the highlights of the development of Deep Listening.
Capable of holding two million gallons of water, the cistern is 14 feet (4.27 m) deep with a diameter of 186 feet (56.7 m). Pauline Oliveros played there with Stuart Dempster and Panaiotis in 1988, resulting in the Deep Listening album, released by New Albion in 1989, for accordion, voice, conch shell, metal pieces, trombone, didjeridu, garden hose, whistling, and metal pipes. (newalbion.com/NA022/ )
In this video, Pauline Oliveros says 'Deep Listening was born in that cistern'.
10 May 2012, Pauline will be performing in a simulation of the cistern acoustics, recreated by Jonas Braasch from Rensselaer’s Architectural Acoustics program, at The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) on the campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Special thanks to Pauline Oliveros, deeplistening.org
Annette Wolfsberger of Sonic Acts, sonicacts.com
Vivian Wenli Lin of STEIM, steim.org for making this footage available to the Journal of Sonic Studies.