Deep Listening Artists

Artists that are involved with the activities of the Deep Listening Institute, Ltd. are listed here.  Some are Deep Listening Certificate Holders, some have been associated with other programs and performances of the Institute.


Center for Deep Listening at Rensselaer
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Catherine Schieve


inter-media artist living and working by the South Pacific in the rainforested Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. I compose music and sound; create paintings, exhibits, and installations; dig up earths and natural materials from desert and volcanic regions; collect Pacific shells, rocks, and artifacts from around the world; play numerous ethnic instruments; and combine any and all of these into creative works large and small. My studio is in the historic Barracks at Bomaderry, an hour's drive down the South Coast. My creative training is intensely experimental and exploratory, and so evolves my practice. Most recently I am producing performance-installations and solo exhibits, a large ongoing environmental project called Attunements, and a series of deep earthy pigmented works, rich in volcanic ash and bush-fire charcoal, called Dirt Poundings.


Scott Smallwood

Scott Smallwood was born in Dallas, Texas, and grew up at 10,000 feet in elevation in the Colorado Rockies. When Smallwood was 10 years old, his father gave him a cassette tape recorder, and ever since he has been fascinated by the possibilities of recorded sound. His work deals with real and abstracted soundscapes based on a practice of listening, improvisation, and phonography. He has worked with a variety of artists and ensembles, including Cor Fuhler, Mark Dresser, Ensemble SurPlus, The BSC, and Pauline Oliveros. His work has been presented worldwide, including recent presentations at Roulette in NYC, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the 2006 Sonic Circuits festival in Washington DC, and the Kulturhaus E-Werk in Frieberg, Germany. His work has been released on Autumn Records, Deep Listening, Televaw, Simple Logic, Static Caravan, and Webbed Hand Records.

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Bill Stevens

Bill Stevens (1977) is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory, Pi Kappa Lambda, with a major in music composition and an independently designed major in oral music. His work has been recognized by organizations including the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts (level one finalist, music composition) and the Whitehouse Commission on Presidential Scholars (1995). He is a member of the faculty of the Walden School Young Musicians Program and Teacher Training Institute, where he has designed and implemented the Jazz Musicianship curriculum. Bill is currently a fourth year student with Helix Training, a ministerial program bringing together psychological and spiritual teachings for the purposes of healing and transformation.


Will Swofford Cameron

Will Swofford Cameron is a composer/improviser, filmmaker, writer and curator living in Brooklyn, NY, and is the founder of Saturnalia, a media consultancy and outsider publishing label dedicated to digital collaborations with artists, composers and experimental filmmakers. In the present time cycle he has been devoted to a continuum of solo performances and collaborations known as anahata: the rituals of akasha.

He has studied with noted composers Anthony Braxton, La Monte Young, Pauline Oliveros, Alvin Lucier, Pak Sumarsam and B. Balasubrahmaniyan. In 2004, Will received a three-year Deep Listening Retreat certificate and is an active workshop leader in the Deep Listening practice. At Wesleyan, he organized the student forum Deep Listening, Improvisation, and Ritual, a credited undergraduate tutorial introducing listening meditation and experimental music to a large group of academically diverse students.