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date: 20 August 2019

Payne, Maggilocked

  • Gavin Borchert

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(b Temple, TX, Dec 23, 1945). American composer, flautist and video artist. She studied the flute with Walfrid Kujala and composition with Alan Stout, William Karlins and Theodore Ashford at Northwestern University (BMus 1968). After a brief period at Yale University (1969), she continued her studies at the University of Illinois (MM 1970) with Gordon Mumma, Ben Johnston, Salvatore Martirano and James Beauchamp. Further postgraduate study in electronic music and recording media at Mills College (MFA 1972) led to posts there as recording engineer, assistant professor and co-director of the college's Center for Contemporary Music. Her honours include grants from the NEA and the Mellon Foundation.

Payne composes primarily for electronic tape. Her music often draws on sound sources from the physical world, particularly urban sounds recorded in the San Francisco area (Airwaves (realities, 1987; Resonant Places, 1992; Liquid Metal, 1994). She also frequently combines tape music with visual elements, such as dance (in several collaborations with video artist Ed Tannenbaum) and electronically manipulated video images of natural phenomena, such as moving water or desert landscapes. Several other works are based on flute sounds that have been extensively transformed into unexpected timbres and textures. A great sensitivity to spatial effects is also characteristic of her work....

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