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Incredible archival electronic experiments recorded in 1984-1987 on an Apple II computer and samplers
This outstanding edition on Root Strata consists of work composed and recorded in 1984-1987 by Maggi Payne, for Technological Feets - a performance group, led by video artist Ed Tannenbaum, which daringly combined dance, live video processing and music.
Originally trained as a flautist, Payne fell under the spell of electronic music at the University of Illinois; over the course of a career spanning more than 30 years, she's studied with the likes of Robert Ashley, David Behrman and Gordon Mumma. For this particular commission, Payne worked with an Apple II computer and several early sampling devices to create vibrant, pulsating soundscapes suffused with dreaminess and drama.
At once boldly experimental and utterly immediate, these pieces of ersatz drift-techno, which have never before been released on vinyl, really need to be heard to be believed.