SCALA - Sound Patterns (Pauline Oliveros) - Pauline Oliveros, Vocal constructivists | Tabakalera - Donostia / San Sebastián
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Sound Patterns (Pauline Oliveros)

by the Vocal Constructivists



In this 1961 piece for choir (with a duration of 3:57 min), the artist instructs the singers in the production of sounds that go beyond the sung text.

The piece has a sonata-like format, with an exposition followed by a development and a recapitulation. It contains all manner of sounds arising from an unorthodox use of the voice – now typical of sound pieces based on phonetic exploration. At times, the artist explores the dynamic power of vocals before playing with a wide variety of timbres, and there is no lack of whistling, tongue clicking and whispers which gradually create patterns that take us into white noise, electronic-like textures and ambient percussion.

Special thanks to:
      Sound Patterns
      Pauline Oliveros & The Astra Choir SME ©️ 1961
      Permission Courtesy of The Pauline Oliveros Trust and The Ministry of Maåt
      Members ASCAP
      Choir: Vocal Constructivists
      Producer: Antony Pitts
      Spatial adaptation: Xabier Erkizia
      Sound installation: Telesonic





Jane Alden and Oier Etxeberria in conversation about the legacy of Pauline Oliveros.


  • Date: Friday, 11 December 2020 > Sunday, 9 May 2021
  • Schedule: 10:00-21:00 Every half hour
  • Location: Main Staircase
  • Access: Free entry
Sound Patterns (Pauline Oliveros):



Pauline Oliveros

Electronic music pioneer, composer, accordionist, researcher and teacher