Open Spaces

Marc Jensen

Open Spaces is a collection of compositions, essays and other writings by Marc Jensen, revolving around associations with place, and how our relationships with our environment can be translated into sound. Richly complex behavior emerges using only simple sets of instructions. These pieces are invitations to explore, to meditate on the conditions of one's own life, and to find out how individual actions come together to create a social whole.

Marc Jensen is a composer, performer, and improviser, who received his Ph.D. in composition from the University of Minnesota. Much of his work is oriented around composing relationships rather than specific sounds - setting up situations in which performers follow simple sets of rules to interact and produce an unpredictably complex whole, structures without content. His principle teachers have included Pauline Oliveros, Alvin Curran, Alex Lubet, and Doug Geers. Dr. Jensen holds a teaching certificate through the Deep Listening Institute, and has edited several books on Deep Listening. He has published articles in the journals Perspectives of New Music, Tempo, the Musical Times, and Cinema Journal.

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