Desert Soundscapes & Deep Listening Ecology


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Cost: $275
Dates: September 3-5
Instructor: Dana Reason

Learn to facilitate a deeper understanding of our relationship to sound, nature and ourselves. Through guided sound walks; listening activities, field recordings; collage and sound journaling; we will develop an ability to both listen to the natural environment, generate sustainable listening attitudes and creative practices, as well as connect with and to Playa’s unique soundscape. Our goal is to enhance our acoustic awareness and global sound-print and to truly encourage creative engagement, sustainable listening practices and an authentic connection to both the sound of a place, community, and our collective voices.

This workshop is open to anyone interested in developing a listening and sound practice in their current profession, studies, research practices or daily lives. We will explore the latest research in sound-ecology, sound studies as well as utilizes exercises from “Deep Listening: A Composer’s Sound Practice” by Pauline Oliveros (2005). A copy of this book will be provided for each participant. Participants are not required to have any previous musical experience. DEEP LISTENING is a registered trademark of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

This workshop starts Friday evening with a socially distanced, communal dinner and presentation. Lunch will be provided Saturday and Sunday. All other meals are on your own. A workshop syllabus will be shared with participants 3 weeks before workshop start date.

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Required Materials to bring:
smart phone (to record sounds)
headphones that plug into your phone
journal (new) to take field notes, creative exercises
possibly a laptop to back up your recordings

Recommended materials (if you already own):
recording device- ZOOM recorder with batteries
yoga mat for sitting outdoors

Instructor Bio:
Dana Reason is a Canadian born composer, performer, recording artist and contemporary music researcher working at the intersection of sound, music, performance practice, research and interdisciplinarity. As a music composition student of Pauline Oliveros, one of the early progenitors of sound ecology and sound studies, Dana Reason learned first hand the principles of Oliveros’ Deep Listening and Sonic Meditation practices and techniques and received her Deep Listening Certificate in 2018.

In 2018, Reason was one of four Oregon artists commissioned by the High Desert Museum, Bend to create her large scale installation, live performance and sound art/sonification exhibit: She Breathes Water” where she worked with an incredible interdisciplinary team including: Gregg Riegel, Ph.D, US Forest Services & Ecologist; Beverly Law, Ph.D Global Change Biology & Terrestrial Systems Science, OSU Emeritus Professor; Hyojung Kwon, Ph.D Forest Ecosystems & Society, OSU Research Faculty; Andrew Merschel, Masters in Forest Ecology’ visual artist Andrew Myers, Playa Residency and OSU Honors students: Janie Anderson, Jayanthi Joseph, Paris Myers, and Max Winer.

COVID Safety:
PLAYA is doing all it can to keep its guests and staff safe with COVID. PLAYA is naturally spacious which easily allows guests to follow 6’ distancing guidelines. Sanitation procedures will be strictly followed and programming will be conducted outdoors as much as possible. Masks will be required for any indoor programming with 6’ distances between participants. Some indoor spaces on campus may be closed to visitors.

*Please note, PLAYA does not have a restaurant or store to purchase additional meals. There is a small convenience store and restaurant in Summer Lake 11 miles north and in Paisley 17 miles south