Pauline Oliveros

Pauline Oliveros (* May 30, 1932 in Houston / Texas) is an American composer and accordionist.


Oliveros studied from 1949 to 1952 in Houston and 1954 to 1956 in San Francisco and took private lessons with Robert Erickson. From 1961 she worked with Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Ramon Sender and Morton Subotnick at the San Francisco Tape Music Center. From 1967 to 1981 she was Director of the Center for Music Experiment at the University of California at San Diego / California.


In 1985, she founded the The Pauline Oliveros Foundation in Kingston / New York. With the program Deep Listening and the Deep Listening band based in the foundation they created a combination of meditation and music.

In addition to orchestral works and works in chamber music ensembles composed the sound patterns for mixed choir (1961) and multimedia works like a piece of electronically alienated piano, tape and light effects and a spectacle for fifteen actor, film and projections, tape and live sound material.