1Quantum Listening: From Practice to Theory (To Practice Practice).Pauline Oliveros"Through the practice of meditation we can explore the depth ofinsight through the wisdom of listening and hearing." SogyalRinpoche1From childhood I have practiced listening.As a musician, I am interested in the sensual nature of sound, itspower of synchronization, coordination, release and change. Hearingrepresents the primary sense organ - hearing happens involuntarily.Listening is a voluntary process that through training and experienceproduces culture.All cultures develop through ways of listening.Deep Listening is listening in every possible way to everythingpossible to hear no matter what you are doing.Such intenselistening includes the sounds of daily life, of nature, or one's ownthoughts as well as musical sounds.Deep Listening represents a heightened state of awareness andconnects to all that there is. As a composer I make my music throughDeep Listening."Deep Listening is active.What is heard is changed by listening and changes the listener I call this the'listening effect' or how we process what we hear.Two modes of listening areavailable - focal and global. When both modes are utilized and balanced thereis connection with all that there is. Focal listening garners detail from anysound and global listening brings expansion through the whole field ofsound.Listening shapes culture locally and universally.Listening is directing attention to what is heard, gathering meaning,interpreting and deciding on action,Quantum listening is listening to more than one realitysimultaneously.
2Listening for the least differences possible to perceive - perception atthe edge of the new. Jumping like an atom out of orbit to a new orbit- creating a new orbit - as an atom occupies both spaces at once onelistensin both places at once. Mothers do this. One focuses toa pointand changes that pointby listening.Quantum Listeningis listening in as many ways as possiblesimultaneously - changing and being changed by the listening.I see and hear life as a grand improvisation -I stay open to theworld of possibilities for interplay in the quantum field with self andothers - community - society - the world - the universe and beyond.Our improvisations willsoon include accelerated artificial evolution -hybrid humans - new beings born of technology - new challenges,consequences, dangers, freedoms and responsibilities - all of this inaddition to the life we lead through the habits of our own traditions.How will we meet the genius of more rapidly evolving interactivecultures? - A geniusof culture that could give us freedom ofperception, physical and mental limitations.Will we stop the evolution with destruction and annihilation orembrace it courageously to go forward into the new world we arecreating with all it's edges?