Abstract: This research aims to explore how successfully the transformational goals of Pauline Oliveros' Deep Listening philosophy (Oliveros, 2005. xvi) can be achieved through interactive compositions informed by game audio practices. Deep Listening is the lifetime practice and philosophy developed by pioneering American composer, music technologist and improviser Pauline Oliveros (May 30, 1932 - November 24, 2016). At its most fundamental level Deep Listening explores the difference between the passive nature of hearing and the active, selective nature of listening. Oliveros strongly believes in the transformative nature of the practice, through what she calls the listening effect: "Deep listening is active," she writes, "what is heard is changed by listening and changes the listener." (Oliveros, 1999, 1)

In this research, transformation will be recognised by seeking to identify to what extent the interactive compositions assist the performer to reach beyond pre-learned material to achieve spontaneous improvisation in synergistic dialogue with the music system. Game audio offers the following contributions to my creative research: the application of four key concepts of nonlinearity, dynamic audio, randomisation, and 3D spatial audio (Collins 2008, Phillips 2014, Sweet 2014); and the use of domain specific software, known as audio middleware, specifically FMOD (Firelight Technologies) and WWISE (Audiokinetic).

The resultant performances will be presented as a folio of studio recordings and a recorded live concert. Autoethnography will provide reflective data representing the stages of inspiration, composition, and performance to gain insight and add perspective to my roles and identity as composer, improviser, and music technologist. The outcomes of this research will be of value to scholars interested in Deep Listening practice, interactive composition, improvisation, music technology, game audio, creativity, and the transformative nature of art.

Advisory team: Associate Professor Eve Klein, Professor Liam Viney

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