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Philosophical Reflections on the Music of Pauline Oliveros

Posted 10/17/2017
Submitted by Brian Skelly
Category: Campus Announcements

Come join us at this week’s Philosophy Club meeting Thursday, October 19th from 12:15 to 1:45 in 421 Auerbach Hall as Club member Maria Mykolenko shares  philosophical reflections on the music of composer Pauline Oliveros. 

A continuation of the investigation of the connection between musical structures and processes and social structures and processes through an exploration of the music and philosophies of Pauline Oliveros (1932 -2016). Additionally an exploration of listening and making music as an act of activism. Pauline Oliveros was on the faculty of Mills College, the University of California at San Diego and, at the time of her death, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

The presentation/discussion will include, but not be limited to the following concepts:
- the concept of Deep Listening
- the ritual and healing power of music
- music and listening as a form of personal and social healing

The presentation will include playing some of Pauline Oliveros's music and showing her musical scores. There will also be an exploration of the personal social meaning and role of music.

Finally, Maria will consider the possibility of using music as a social and political tool to implement change.

Sound artist and composer Maria Mykolenko is a recent graduate of the Artist Diploma in Composition program at the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford. Maria also holds an M.A. in Composition from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, CUNY and an MFA in Music/sound from Bard College. In addition, she has a liberal arts background in economics and philosophy. Her interests include electroacoustic soundscapes as well as chamber music and and choral music. At the Hartt School she studied with David Macbride, Robert Carl and Ken Steen. Her work has been performed in a variety of musical venues including, most recently, the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival. Other interests include political sound art and the connections between musical and social forms and structures.

The University of Hartford Philosophy Club meets every Thursday during Fall and Spring Semesters - with the exception of the first Thursday of each semester - from 12:15 to 1:45 in 421 Auerbach Hall on the campus of the University of Hartford. The Club has an informal, jovial atmosphere. It is a place where students, professors, and people from the community at large meet as peers Sometimes presentations are given, followed by discussion. Other times, topics are hashed out by the whole group.

Presenters may be students, professors, or people from the community. Anyone can offer to present a topic. The mode of presentation may be as formal or informal as the presenter chooses. Bring friends. Suggest topics and activities. Take over the club! It belongs to you! Food and drink are served. Come and go as you wish.

For more information, contact Brian Skelly at or 413-642-0334