Experience


Immerse Yourselves by listening to the land

The power of Listening

Thanks to ASU Now for the opportunity to share my passion for how listening can make your life much richer Garth Paine on Listening from ASU Now on Vimeo. Listen to the sounds of the SW USA on our Listen database http://www.ecolisten.org/sonic_events.php – gathered by ASU faculty and citizen scientists in National Parks across the […]

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September 27, 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

Nature VR for Health and Wellbeing at the Arizona Wellbeing Commons,


The Acoustic Ecology Lab was selected to present a poster and demonstration session on EcoRift for Health and Wellbeing at the Arizona Wellbeing Commons, hosted at the Tempe Center for the Arts on 6 September 2017. The poster presentation offered attendees of the event an opportunity to experience virtual sojourns in nature sanctuaries in the […]

September 10, 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.