Lessons From an Unorthodox Musician's 'Deep Listening'

Academe Draws Lessons From an Unorthodox Musician's 'Deep Listening' 1

Nathaniel Brooks for The Chronicle

Pauline Oliveros, a musician, professor, and the founder of "deep listening," plays her digital accordion at home.

Margaret Anne Schedel had her notes together and her PowerPoint slides loaded on her laptop for her presentation on teaching artists to write computer code. But shortly before her session began at the Deep Listening: Art/Science conference at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute last month, she put them aside.

Instead, for her allotted time, she asked conference attendees to get up out of their seats and walk around the dim room silently for eight minutes, just listening. And slowly,