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date: 05 December 2019

Oliveros, Pauline locked

  • Sabine Feisst


(b Houston, TX, May 30, 1932). American composer, improviser, and accordionist. Born into a musical family, Oliveros played the piano, violin, accordion, and French horn in her childhood. She studied music at the University of Houston (1949–52) and at San Francisco State College (BA 1957). From 1954 to 1965 she studied composition with Robert Erickson at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where, together with Ramon Sender, she established the group Sonics to explore electroacoustic improvisation. During this period she also explored free improvisation with Terry Riley and Loren Rush. With Subotnick and Sender, in 1962 she co-founded and co-directed (until 1965) the San francisco tape music center . In 1966 she studied electronic music with Hugh LeCaine and from 1966 to 1967 was the first director of the Mills College Tape Music Center. From 1967 to 1981 she taught at the University of California in San Diego, where she was the director of the Center for Music Experiment (...

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