On World Listening Day 2017 (Tuesday, July 18), Phonography Austin, a sonic arts organization, will host Teach Yourself to Fly, an evening of performances in memory of composer Pauline Oliveros.
Teach Yourself to Fly will happen at the Open Air Rotunda at the Texas Capitol Extension in Austin, Texas from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Artists including Lisa Cameron, Henna Chou, Brent Fariss, Vanessa Gelvin, Alex Keller, Ken McKenzie-Grant, Sean O’Neill, Steve Parker, Josh Ronsen, and Greg Wildes awill perform selections from her piece Sonic Meditations, with the involvement of the audience.
Pauline Oliveros died on November 24, 2016. In her preface to Sonic Meditations, Oliveros wrote, “All societies admit the power of music or sound. Attempts to control what is heard in the community are universal… Sonic Meditations are an attempt to return the control of sound to the individual alone, and within groups especially for humanitarian purposes; specifically healing.”
According to her obituary in the New York Times, the open-ended scores in Oliveros’ Sonic Meditations create “a total inclusivity, meant to free music from elite specialists and open it up to everyone, regardless of status, experience, or ability.” Teach Yourself to Fly will honor her intent by inviting the audience to perform alongside the artists. Excerpted scores from Sonic Meditations, which do not require any musical expertise, will be on display.
Teach Yourself to Fly is free, and open to the public.
Phonography Austin is an organization dedicated to exploring phonography (the creation and presentation of field recordings as art objects) and acoustic ecology (the study of the effects of the acoustic environment on those living within it).
World Listening Day is an annual global event held on July 18 to celebrate the listening practices of the world and the ecology of its acoustic environments, raise awareness about the growing number of individual and group efforts that creatively explore acoustic ecology, and design and implement educational initiatives that explore these concepts and practices.