Maggi Payne

Maggi Payne is Co-director of the Center for Contemporary Music at Mills College, where she teaches recording engineering, composition, and electronic music. Her electroacoustic works often incorporate visuals, including videos she creates using images ranging from nature to the abstract. She has composed music for dance, theatre, and video, including the music for Jordon Belson’s video Bardo. Her works have been presented in the Americas, Europe, Japan, and Australasia. She has received Composer’s Grants and an Interdisciplinary Arts Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and video grants from the Mellon Foundation and the Western States Regional Media Arts Fellowships Program, and has received four honorary mentions from Bourges and one from Prix Ars Electronica. Her works appear on Innova, Starkland, Lovely Music, Root Strata, Music and Arts, Centaur, Ubuibi, MMC, CRI, Digital Narcis, Frog Peak, Asphodel, and/OAR, Capstone, and Mills College labels.

Maggi Payne will perform electroacoustic works tied thematically to water in California Academy of Sciences’ Coral Reef Gallery.

Arctic Winds transports us to the Arctic—everything is suspended in the vast frozen expanse.
Cloud Fields: fascination with the complexity, mysteriousness, transitory nature, and sheer beauty of water vapor. Effervescence: sounds of liquids fizzing and bubbles popping. FIZZ: sounds of a faulty faucet valve, a barely audible disequilibrium in a toilet tank, andfizzing. Fluid Dynamics uses sounds of a squeaking gas service regulator, and a faulty faucet, and mutates them into an inner world experience. Liquid Amber: The sounds are physical, produced by my touching various objects (skin, fabric, wood, metal, water, etc.). Surface Tension: Beneath the water’s edge in the tidal wetlands, a lively sonic world far beyond human’s limited hearing range flourishes. Wet: fizzing, dry ice bubbling in water, hydrophone recordings from Tomales Bay, rain on a steel bucket, and a faulty washer in a faucet.