First Festival; A Festival of Premiere Performances
Festival Only Ticket $40 - Available for Purchase Here

This year’s conference will conclude with the First Festival; Festival of Premiere Performances presenting new works and compositions centered around the practice of Deep Listening. These works will be presented as premieres. Headliner performances include Deep Listening Band (Oliveros, Stuart Dempster and friends) and an Overnight Concert. With over 40 performances featured, the festival will include music performance/improvisation, electronics and digital media, ambient, interactive/participatory jams and sound labs, dance/movement works, installations, screen-based works of video and multi-media utilizing the small concert studio spaces as well as the many resonant common spaces of EMPAC's unique and inspired architecture.

Performer Line-up

The festival ticket includes events beginning the evening of Saturday, July 12 and throughout the day Sunday, July 13.

 First Festival Schedule

First Festival Program

Festival Program Highlights

Saturday Evening Highlights

World Premiere - Sonic Gems
With Deep Listening Band (Pauline Oliveros, Stuart Dempster and friends - Jonas Braasch, Suiren aka Renko Ishida Dempster, Ione, Jesse Stewart, Johannes Welsch)

Overnight Concert with Cistern Simulation, EMPAC Studio Beta
An all-night journey through the world of dreams, deep underground in the Dan Harpole Cistern in Port Townsend, WA – all without leaving Troy, NY. 

Sunday Highlights

AUMI Sound Lab: Music Technology across Abilities, lead by AUMI trainer/occupational therapist/musician Leaf Miller
This open music jam session features the Adaptive Use Musical instrument (AUMI).  AUMI is an innovative music software interface that tracks the movements of the user in order to produce sounds and rhythmic patterns. The Adaptive Use Musical Instrument transforms any computer or iPad into a user-friendly and expressive musical instrument.

llajawab (beyond description)
Performance with Curtis Bahn and Steve Gorn

World Premiere of Soundings
Soundings is a collaborative telematic mashup and spatialization transformation that will take place on July 13, 2014 at 4pm, during “First Festival; a Festival of Premiere Performances” at the Conference on Deep Listening. Digital representations of both live and archived performances of the conference will be sent to the CRAIVE lab to be mixed and mashed by DJs, sound artists, VJs, and video artists. Audio from conference performances will be processed, remixed, and spatialized in real time in the CRAIVE lab. Conference video will be mixed in real time and projected into the immersive, 360-degree CRAIVE environment.


The Deep Listening: Art/Science conference organizers welcome applications for the second international conference on Deep Listening. This conference provides artists, educators, and researchers an opportunity to creatively share ideas related to the practice, philosophy and science of Deep Listening. Developed by composer and educator Pauline Oliveros, Deep Listening is an embodied meditative practice of enhancing one’s attention to listening. Deep Listening began over 40 years ago with Oliveros’ Sonic Meditations and organically evolved through performances, workshops and retreats. Deep Listening relates to a broad spectrum of other embodied practices across cultures and can be applied to a wide range of academic fields and disciplines.

Call for Conference Presentations Open: January 10, 2014
Call for Festival Performances/Presentations Open: January 10, 2014
Submission Deadline: April 2, 2014
Conference Registration Open: April 9, 2014
Notification of Acceptance: May 5, 2014
Pre-Conference Workshop: July 7-9, 2014
Conference & Festival: July 10-13, 2014

For additional information please contact Conference Director Lisa Barnard Kelley
For technical questions, contact Conference Technical Director Brian Cook ​