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
June 30, 2018
Think like a Scientist
April 30, 2017
The American Southwest as Muse: Maggi Payne’s Sonic Desertscapes
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.