Immerse Yourselves by listening to the land

Dawn Chorus Day (May 7)

Listen to Nature’s Symphony on International Dawn Chorus Day (May 7) ASU’s Acoustic Ecology Lab will participate in this year’s International Dawn Chorus Day events by contributing live streaming of birdsongs from Tempe to the “Reveil” broadcast on the Sonus Locus network. In the course of 24 hours Reveil gradually moves west from microphone to […]


May 5, 2017

JT Lab’s Artist Programs in Joshua Tree National Park

The Listen(n) project has been selected to be included as one of JT Lab’s Artist Programs in Joshua Tree National Park for 2017-2018. The committee noted out commitment to supporting the missions of both JT Lab and Joshua Tree National Park.

June 30, 2018

Think like a Scientist

April 30, 2017

Featured Publication

The American Southwest as Muse: Maggi Payne’s Sonic Desertscapes

Sabine Feisst

Deserts have long captivated the imagination of musicians. Ferde Grofé, Edgard Varèse, Olivier Messiaen, and Steve Reich among others created compositions reflecting desert landscapes. Most of them, however, have had little familiarity with these places. David Dunn, Richard Lerman, and Maggi Payne, on the other hand, have developed strong connections with deserts and portrayed them in numerous works, compelling examples of sensitive engagement with Southwestern landscapes. This paper centers on Payne, one of few women composers whose music often features deserts in California, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. Three works, Airwaves (realities), Desertscapes, and Apparent Horizon, will be analyzed and contextualized against the background of Payne’s environmental philosophies.

Feisst, S. (2016). The American Southwest as Muse: Maggi Payne’s Sonic Desertscapes. Contemporary Music Review, 35(3), 318-335.