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New Podcast Episode about Music Pioneer

New Podcast Episode about Music Pioneer

January 9, 2017 | Adult Services

The latest installment of our Albany Made podcast is a special episode about the life and legacy of electronic music pioneer Pauline Oliveros. At the time of her death last November, Oliveros was a distinguished research professor of music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 

Oliveros will be celebrated on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 7 pm at the Albany Public Library’s Washington Ave. Branch. Local musicians will perform electronic music compositions inspired by Oliveros’ teachings at this special tribute co-sponsored by the Albany Sonic Arts Collective.

“This amazingly talented and world renowned musician, composer, and researcher was teaching right here at RPI,” said Sarah Clark, a musician and librarian who directs the APL Creative Services Department and hosts the Albany Made podcast. “In addition to being a pioneer of electronic music, she wrote books about music, was the 2016 recipient of the John Cage Award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, had a black belt in karate, and was the founder of deep listening.”

On the Albany Made episode, Andrea Williams, a sound artist, composer, and RPI doctoral student who is one of the tribute’s featured performers, talked about working with Oliveros.

“She was an amazing composer. Pauline did a great job of staying relevant her entire career…in this male dominated field,” Williams said.

Stephanie Simon

Stephanie Simon is APL's public information officer, and manages the library's communications, public relations, and marketing efforts. No, she isn't a librarian, but feels as if she's among her people here at the library.