Spotlight on Engineer Maggi Payne

Maggi Payne has received world-wide critical acclaim for technical reconstruction of numerous Music & Arts historical recordings, notably those of Furtwängler and Knappertsbusch.

Payne earned 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 has been freelancing as a recording engineer and editor for Music and Arts (and its predecessor organization, Educational Media Associates of America, Inc.) and other record companies since 1981.

As a composer of electronic music Payne has had performances of her works throughout the United States and Europe. Her works have been supported by three NEA grants, as well as video grants from the Mellon Foundation and the Western States Regional Media Arts Fellowships Program. Her audio compositions appear on The Lovely Music Label, Music & Arts, CRI, and several other labels.

Besides re-engineering historic live performance recordings, Maggi Payne has recorded and edited numerous original old and new music discs for various labels (indexed in the All Music Guide Classical website).

Maggi Payne's latest album has just appeared on the CRI label. Titled The Extended Flute, it features music for flute and electronics from the 60's through the 90's and proves that the avant garde is alive and well. For three decades she has been extending flute techniques and involved in interactive performance with computers and electronics. On this album, she performs live interactive works of and with David Behrman and Mark Trayle and solo works by Roman Haubenstock-Ramati, William Brooks, and herself.

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