MAGGI PAYNE obtained music degrees from Northwestern University, the University of Illinois, and Mills College. For ten years she was a recording engineer in the multi-track facilities at the Center for Contemporary Music at Mills, where she is currently Co-Director and teaches recording engineering, composition and electronic music. She was a production engineer at a major Bay Area Radio Station for ten years and now freelances as a digital recording engineer and editor.
Her works have been performed throughout the United States and Europe, including the New Music Across America Festival 1992 (Los Angeles), New Music America 1990, 1987 and 1981 Festivals, Composers' Forum in NYC, Experimental Intermedia Foundation in NYC, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, SEAMUS, Siggraph, CADRE, University of California at Santa Cruz, Cal State Northridge, Texas Tech University, University of Hartford, College of Santa Fe, Media Study/Buffalo, New Langton Arts in SF, New York Museum of Modern Art, Paris Autumn Festival, Bourges Festival in France, and the Autunno Musical at Como, Italy.
She has received two 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.
Works include Liquid Metal, Aeolian Confluence, Resonant Places, Desertscapes, Phase Transitions, Song of Flight, Ahh-Ahh (ver 2.1), Airwaves (realities), White Night, Subterranean Network, Crystal, Solar Wind, Ling, Scirocco, Transparencies and HUM.