So why is it, you may ask, that Sonic Youth, Laurie Anderson and DJ Spooky all revere Pauline Oliveros, but most of us have never even heard the name?
Part of the reason, of course, is that musicians do tend to pay more attention to music, and Oliveros' unconventional work is more likely to appeal to the aforementioned artists than would the songs of, say, Sammy Hagar.
In any case, the pioneering electronic artist — who's doing an artist residency at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs this week as well as a public performance on Saturday — is earning more accolades now than back in the days when she collaborated with Morton Subotnick and John Cage.
You can also hear echoes of Oliveros' work in everything from Brian Eno's ambient music to dubstep architect Burial's early creations (back before Skrillex choked the imagination out of that genre).
The fact is that both the artist and her music have withstood the test of time, as evidenced by her daunting schedule: After Oliveros finishes up here, she'll fly to Tokyo for a one-week residency, then return to New York for a concert where she and Anderson will provide electronic accordion and violin accompaniment to a silent film screening. And after that, she'll debut a scene from her next opera, conduct deep listening workshops, and perform with an ever-shifting group of collaborators.
So whether you're new to her or not, you really don't want to miss Saturday's local performance. After all, Oliveros is moving fast, and the world is still catching up.
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