Good to have your tastes represented here, Cat. I wouldn't say I hate her music. As I said, I admire her sense of exploration and ingenuity, but find her music difficult to appreciate, being that it outside my ordinary realm of experience.I'm accustomed to being an outsider - the music I love the most is typically what people hate most. But I was curious if any would appreciate Ms Oliveros (being an accordionist).
I love Pauline's work. It functions differently than other music. You can find interesting details in there but have to kind of slow down to perceive them. And it's not trying to do the same things because it's not about technique or formal songs. It's like listening to nature, valuing the background sounds of a forest, rather than some music named after a forest. I think her work is about preparing listeners to carry their listening attention after a performance, listening to the sounds around us all the time. She thought that was something worth working to attend to. Kind of mystical, but the practice of listening, really hard, is probably valuable for any musician.Do folks here enjoy music such as Ms Oliveros' ?