Tumbling Song

We invited you to join us
in a state of Deep Listening®

To listen in a new way

To contribute your own sound

To feel united in a musical exploration

Now hear your sound joined with ours and watch the animation

  • We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part in this special celebration of listening and togetherness. Tumbling Song brought together people from across the world through music, and for this one moment in 2020, Scottish Ensemble swelled to encompass all these voices.



Pauline Oliveros
Pauline Oliveros (1932 – 2016) was an American composer, performer and humanitarian. She influenced American music profoundly through her work with improvisation, meditation, electronic music, myth and ritual, and leaves behind a legacy of boundary dissolving music making.

Oliveros defined the idea of Deep Listening® as a conscious act involving selective inclusion and exclusion of sounds from the auditory experience. That is to say, a truly Deep Listening® that allows all sounds we hear around us to have a value, to be worth engaging with and inhabiting.

Sonic Meditations
Oliveros wrote her 25 Sonic Meditations between March and November 1971. They are instructions that anyone can follow, without any need for a knowledge of musical theory or technical skill.

The idea is to find this heightened state of Deep Listening® by paying close attention to your breathing, your body, the sounds around you; and to find new sounds of your own.

Tumbling Song is the 14th meditation and her instructions are as follows:

Make any vocal sound, but always go downward in pitch from the initial attack. The initial attack may begin at any pitch level. Go downward in a glissando or in discrete steps continuously. Go any distance in range, at any speed, dynamic or quality, but the breath determines the maximum time length of any downward gesture.



Scottish Ensemble Musicians

  • Violin
    Jonathan Morton, Cheryl Crockett, Laura Ghiro, Joanne Green, Liza Johnson, Daniel Pioro
  • Viola
    Andrew Berridge
  • Cello
    Alison Lawrance, Naomi Pavri
  • Bass
    Diane Clark

Project Credits

  • SE Project Lead
    Daniel Pioro
  • Website Design
    John Hunter at RULER
  • Website Build
    Common Works
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