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BROWN & PAULINE OLIVEROS, CHRIS
Music In The Air
Chris Brown, piano and electronics; Pauline Oliveros, accordion and Expanded Instrument System (EIS). "Long time friends and colleagues, this is the first ever duo release by Pauline Oliveros and Chris Brown.
Music in the Air
features Brown on piano and live computer signal processing and Oliveros on accordion, conch, percussion and Expanded Instrument System. The three pieces on the CD were recorded live in the studio with no overdubbing. Pauline Oliveros' life as a composer, performer and humanitarian is about opening her own and others' sensibilities to the many facets of sound. Since the 1960s she has influenced American music profoundly through her work with improvisation, meditation, electronic music, myth and ritual. She is widely known for her accordion playing with electronics using her Expanded Instrument System (EIS). She also founded Deep Listening Institute, Ltd. in 1985 to encourage others in the practice of Deep Listening for creativity and heightened awareness of sound and sounding. Many credit her with being the founder of present day meditative music. All of Oliveros' work emphasizes musicianship, attention strategies, and improvisational skills. Columbia University honored Pauline Oliveros as the first woman composer to receive the distinguished William Schuman Award, which included a retrospective concert in March 2010. Chris Brown's music has evolved within the intersections of many different traditions and styles. Following early training as a classical pianist, he was influenced by studies of Indonesian, Indian, Afro-American, and Cuban musics, and then took off on branches provided by the American Experimentalists in inventing and building a personal electronic instrumentation. At first these were amplified acoustic devices; then he went on to build analog circuits that modified their sounds, and custom-made computer systems that interactively transformed them. More recently, he has extended this fascination with instrument building to the design of computer network systems that interact with acoustic musicians and with other computers and musicians connected over the internet."
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