Segments in this Video

World Sounds (05:17)


Pauline Oliveros grew up in Houston Texas listening to the natural world. Neuroscientist Seth Horowitz studied sound and time at millionths of a second.

Sound Progression (03:33)

Acquiring a tape recorder transformed Oliveros’ listening practice. Human sounds are overpowering in the Anthropocene.

Hearing Frogs (03:00)

Horowitz had an emotional experience listening to recordings of his deceased family members. Horowitz studied frogs in graduate school, hauling field recording equipment to swamps.

Technological Pressure (04:59)

Advances in technology have depleted natural sounds while creating new ones. Humans are an evolutionary pressure on wildlife.

Paying Attention (03:49)

The internet has become an externalized memory. Technology interacts with human consciousness and modifies the ways we listen.

Sound Quality (05:28)

Human hearing has been conditioned by available technology and decisions made by audio engineers. Streaming music services compress bandwidth and utilize audio curves generated in 1946.

Acoustic Design (07:04)

Oliveros founding the Deep Listening Band after recording in an underground cistern for five hours. Renovating Avery Fisher Hall improved the listening experience.

Simulated Cistern (03:17)

Graduate students developed a simulated sound to celebrate 25 years of Deep Listening Band’s first album. John Cage described the original recording as a lesson in harmony.

Recording a Monument (04:47)

Horowitz recorded the Eiffel Tower with sound artist China Blue. Horowitz studies bats who create sonic images of space.

Hearing Objects (03:46)

The Eiffel Tower creates infrasonic waves that can be heard with technology. Humans can learn to listen, but ears are simply microphones and cannot be trained.

In the Mind (06:39)

Listening is a personal experience shaped by mental development. When Horowitz had a cancer scare his attention became sharpened.

For additional digital leasing and purchase options contact a media consultant at 800-257-5126
(press option 3) or

The Zen of Deep Listening

Part of the Series : Brainwave: Attachment Trap
DVD (Chaptered) Price: $169.95
DVD + 3-Year Streaming Price: $254.93
3-Year Streaming Price: $169.95



A towering figure in the development of experimental and post-war electronic art music, Pauline Oliveros explores the origin of sound with neuroscientist Seth Horowitz. Oliveros is the founder of "Deep Listening," which comes from her childhood fascination with sounds and from her works in concert music with composition, improvisation, and electro-acoustics. She describes “Deep Listening” as a way of listening in every possible way to everything possible to hear no matter what you are doing. Such intense listening includes the sounds of daily life, of nature, of one's own thoughts as well as musical sounds. Seth S. Horowitz, Ph.D. is a neuroscientist whose work in comparative and human hearing, balance and sleep research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and NASA. He has taught classes in animal behavior, neuroethology, brain development, the biology of hearing, and the musical mind. As chief neuroscientist at NeuroPop, Inc., he applies basic research to real-world auditory applications and works extensively on educational outreach with The Engine Institute, a non-profit devoted to exploring the intersection between science and the arts.

Length: 52 minutes

Item#: BVL143670

ISBN: 978-1-64198-390-7

Copyright date: ©2015

Closed Captioned

Performance Rights

Prices include public performance rights.

Not available to Home Video and Publisher customers.

Only available in USA and Canada.