The Empty Vessel Makes the Loudest Sound

Jan 16 — Mar 20, 2011



Grand Luxe Hall, Western Front


11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Jan, 16, Feb 20, Mar 20) / 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. (Apr 10)


The Empty Vessel Makes the Loudest Sound was a series of weekly workshops facilitated by vocalist Vivane Houle that engaged participants in listening and sound making exercises inspired by Deep Listening.

Originated by Pauline Oliveros, Deep Listening is a form of mediation that is based on experiencing heightened awareness of sound, silence, and sounding. Deep Listening is a philosophy and practice that distinguishes the difference between the involuntary nature of hearing and the voluntary selective nature of listening. The result of the practice cultivates an appreciation of sounds on a heightened level—expanding the potential for connection and interaction between one’s environment, technology, and performance with others in music and related arts.

Western Front is a non-profit
artist-run centre in Vancouver.

We acknowledge the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations as traditional owners of the land upon which Western Front stands.