Listening out loud (The Möbius Chorus)
by Jesse Perlstein (NYC)
This meditation is based on “listening out loud”, a ‘tuning meditation’ created by the 20th century composer and pioneer of experimental and electronic music, Pauline Oliveros. ‘Tuning meditation’ is an instructive score that requires the active vocal participation of the audience (no previous experience necessary). Our aim is to foster an environment of ‘deep listening,’ an idea coined by Oliveros that focuses on the confluence of sound and meditation, cultivating a deep awareness of these processes. Being an exercise of deep listening, this meditation follows three tenets: listening/sounding, moving, and dreaming.
Together as a sonic chorus, we will be accessing these tenets through Oliveros’ simple instructions:
1. Close your eyes and inhale deeply
2. Exhale on the note of your choosing (and hold it for as long as desired)
3. On your next inhale, listen to the sounds around you and exhale on a note you can hear
4. On your following inhale, listen to the sounds around you and exhale on a note you do not hear
5. Repeat and cycle steps 3 & 4
It’s okay to take breaks, be silent & simply listen; make sound when it feels right..
This meditation will last approximately 40 minutes.
More about Jesse Perlstein.
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Practice is an investigation of the capability of sound to induce different transcendental states of awareness and being. Through a series of noise sets, practice explores the experiential application of theories underpinning the transformational properties of sound, such as cymatics, music therapy, sound healing, brain entrainment, and binaural-beat perception.
Each session features a noise artist, who, informed by their own knowledge of sound, creates a immersive set intended to bend consciousness. listeners are encouraged to embrace a receptive, meditative attitude during sets.
We don’t mind if you’re new or old to noise or meditation.
If you’re curious to be engaged, to open yourself to new experiences and to hear some noise, then join us.
We have yoga mats available to use and listeners are invited to bring their own sitting paraphernalia if they please.
We would like all guests to be able to participate, so please arrive on time. Seating is limited: first come, first served.
Questions about the event can be directed to: [email protected]
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We would like to acknowledge that the land on which we gather for this event is located on unceded Indigenous lands. The Kanien’kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters on which we gather today. Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today, it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. We respect the continued connections with the past, present and future in our ongoing relationships with Indigenous and other peoples within the Montreal community.