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EMPAC Research hosts Symposium with the Center for Deep Listening and ISATMA

Exploring technological innovations and creative music practices
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EMPAC—Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center announces its Research program to host Deep Listening: Creativity, Accessibility, and Well-being with the Center for Deep Listening and the International Symposium on Assistive Technology for Music and Art (ISATMA), September 28-30, 2023.

The symposium is a collaboration between ISATMA and the Center for Deep Listening at Rensselaer. It highlights adaptive interfaces that can control digital workstations and musical instruments, and which can be especially useful for people affected by and living with spinal cord injuries and other health-related conditions that impact mobility. The symposium is equally concerned about the well-being aspect of music.

Deep Listening is a philosophy and practice of sonic awareness developed by experimental musician and composer Pauline Oliveros, whose participatory work connects people to musical experiences across ability. The conference will include Deep Listening workshops and presentations by Ione, Heloise Gold, Anne Bourne, and others. It will highlight accessible telepresence environments where groups can collaborate in real time regardless of mobility.

The symposium schedule includes musical performances with artists across abilities from the US and Europe, as well as with the Rensselaer Orchestra, an ensemble of undergraduate and graduate students who perform works from classical to experimental.

All Symposium events are open to the public and free of charge. Workshops, performances, and talks take place in-person at the EMPAC Theater located on the campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Venue accessibility information available at

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Special Thanks

Deep Listening: Creativity, Accessibility, and Well-being is co-sponsored by the Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley. It is supported by Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, and is also supported in part iEAR Presents! with funding from New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

September 7, 2023