CNMAT Presents an evening with Maggi Payne, Jeffrey Lubow, and Cullen Miller.

8pm:  Lubow/Miller in a duo with interactive, spatialized synthesis.
9pm:  Payne will be performing a number of new works (details below)


Maggi Payne (b. 1945) is a composer of electroacoustic music, video artist, and recording engineer. Using analog synthesizers or natural sounds processed beyond recognition, she creates immersive environments, inviting listeners/participants to enter the sound, experience it from the inside out in intimate detail.
The sounds are almost tactile, visible, tangible. Inherent spatialization architects and sculpts the aural space where multiple perspectives and trajectories coexist.
Her works have been presented throughout the world and are published on Aguirre, Innova, Starkland, Lovely Music, Music and Arts, Centaur, Ubuibi, MMC, CRI, Digital Narcis, Frog Peak, Asphodel, and/OAR, Capstone, and Mills College labels.

Maggi will be presenting three works back to back, without pauses. These works explore time and space, especially depth and height, where multiple layers frequently shift, continually sculpting the acoustic space.
Sferics (2016): Both Voyager 1 and 2 plasma wave instruments detected whistler-like activity as they passed Jupiter in1979. It seemed appropriate to celebrate Juno’s 2016 arrival at Jupiter by creating a work using recordings of whistlers available from NASA and sferics captured by my VLF receivers. These fascinating sounds are noisy—often full of static, crackling, popping, grittiness, choppiness, and irregular fluctuations. It struck me that they were very similar to sounds produced by the white and pink noise generators from the Moog IIIP, my Aries synthesizers and my shortwave radios, which I also used in this work. I time-stretched many whistlers up to 20 times their original duration, allowing them to more slowly rip the fabric of space and time.
BAM (ver 2.1) uses impulse responses captured in the sonically and visually fascinating Berkeley Art Museum (on Bancroft Avenue) in early 2015. Mario Ciampi created the architecture in the Brutalist style using concrete to build galleries cantilevered over the large main floor of the building. Using sounds generated by a Moog IIIIP synthesizer, this work sculpts the perceived space, continually contracting, expanding, and warping it. BAM, originally composed in 2015, is expanded with several layers of additional sounds in this 2019 version.
 In Heat Shield (2018) the Parker Solar Probe approaches the sun are represented by powerful crackles that occur as a result of shifting phase relationships among numerous oscillators. Sound sources are Moog IIIP, Buchla 100, and Aries analog synthesizers.


Jeffrey Lubow (b. 1978) is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher concerned with the space between the body and technology.  His influences stem from a 20 year history with computer music and media studies, alongside various collaborations and residencies.  He has collaborated with Tarek Atoui, Cullen Miller, Indy Nyles, Gabriel Dunne, Pauline Oliveros, William Winant, and others.
He has premiered work at the Bergen Assembly, EMPAC, ZKM Berlin, Beirut Art Center, BAMPFA Matrix, SPARK festival, and local Bay Area venues.
In 2008, Jeffrey commenced a research position at CNMAT, UC Berkeley, focusing on music technology and media programming.  He currently occupies the role of Music Systems Designer at CNMAT.


Cullen Miller (b. 1986) is a systems artist, spatial-media designer, and composer. His projects vary in nature but typically fall within the spectrum of media architecture, sound design, installation, composition, and systems design. Reared in Detroit, he relocated to San Francisco pursuing curatorial work with Gray Area Foundation, SFCMP, and to teach digital signal processing at San Francisco State University. He currently spends his days designing and engineering systems architecture at Obscura. He has released recordings under numerous aliases and organizes the concert series, FINITE. His performances and installations have been exhibited internationally in museums, galleries, and clubs.

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Saturday, November 9, 2019, 8:00pm to 10:00pm
1750 Arch St.
Berkeley, CA
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