The Deep Listening Band was founded in 1988 by Pauline Oliveros, (accordionist, Expanded Instrument System and composer), Stuart Dempster, (trombonist, didjeridu player and composer) and Panaiotis (vocalist, electronics and composer). David Gamper (keyboards and electronics) replaced Panaiotis in 1990.
The band is named after Oliveros' term, concept, program and registered servicemark of the Deep Listening Institute, Ltd., Deep Listening, and specializes in performing and recording in resonant or reverberant spaces such as cathedrals and huge underground cisterns including the 2-million-US-gallon (7,600 m3) Fort Worden Cistern which has a 45 second reverberation time.
They have collaborated with Ellen Fullman and her Long String Instrument with Suspended Music released by Periplum Records, Joe McPhee Quartet with Unquenchable Fire released by Deep Listening. They have also performed, recorded, and released a trope on John Cage's 4'33". Non Stop Flight released by Music&Arts in a 70 minute excerpt from the 4 hours and 33' trope.