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“Transient Landscapes” premiere at the Ringling Museum

“Transient Landscapes’ is a composed installation by Matthew Burtner featuring his ecoacoustic research on Alaskan glaciers. It was created for a festival of the same name presented by Matthew Duvall for the Ringling Museum in October, 2018. and using original percussion instruments designed by Duvall. The piece combines the ephemeral presence of sound with the […]

“Glacier Music” Ecoacoustics of glaciers album release

  GLACIER MUSIC: ECOACOUSTICS OF GLACIERS Matthew Burtner featuring the Albemarle Ensemble, Rivanna Quartet, Brandon Bell and Trevor Saint Matthew Burtner returns to Ravello Records with the haunting beauty of GLACIER MUSIC, an electroacoustic collection featuring the Alaskan natural landscape as the central instrument. Most of the natural sounds were recorded on Alaskan glaciers, featuring the […]

Auksalaq Climate Change Opera in Houston

EcoSono produced a performance of Matthew Burtner’s  climate change opera, “Auksalaq,” created in collaboration with media artist Scott Deal, on April 14, 2018 at Rice University’s Moody Center for the Arts in Houston. “Auksalaq” was first presented in 2010 by the NYU New Music Ensemble featuring Joan LaBarbara in New York at the Ear to […]

“The Ceiling Floats Away” with Rita Dove: Album Release, Performances and Awards

The Ceiling Floats Away Matthew Burtner and Rita Dove EcoSono Ensemble Ravello Records (Parma/Naxos) National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Ravello Records proudly presents The Ceiling Floats Away, a groundbreaking new collaboration between sound artist Matthew Burtner, former US poet laureate Rita Dove, and ecoacoustic ensemble EcoSono. A National Endowment for the Arts commission, The […]

“Profiled from Atmospheres” for Saxophone/Percussion

The Weiss/Soflin Duo commissioned “Profiled from Atmospheres,” a new work for saxophone, percussion and sonification that tracks the three primary greenhouse gasses emitted by humans across the years 1959, 1987, 2015 and projected to 2050. The atmospheric profiles result in four chords that define the harmonic foundation of the piece. The instrumental parts also sonify […]

Music for Climate Science at NASA

Matthew Burtner has been collaborating with NASA on “Music for Climate Science.” In 2017 he visited the Goddard Space Center to share his discoveries merging atmospheric, hydrologicic, land and sea ice, and ocean system data with harmonic, rhythmic and melodic musical systems in works such as “Auksalaq”, “Threnody (Sikugivik)” and “Ice Cycle” at the PARCA […]

“Festival of Whispers” premiere at the SoundON Festival of Modern Music

“Festival of Whispers” (2017), commissioned by the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in honor of the 20th anniversary collaboration with San Diego New Music and the 10th anniversary of SoundOn Festival, opened in January, 2017. The work includes a multichannel sound installation and a concert work for ensemble and electronics. Listeners hear the sound of […]

“Music From the Glaciers” on With Good Reason

“Matthew Burtner spent much of his childhood near glaciers in Alaska. Now he is creating music from the sounds of the melting glaciers to raise awareness of climate change.” The host of “With Good Reason”, Sarah McConnell, interviewed me and played some of my music on this beautiful show produced by Elliot Majerczyk. The series […]

Ice Cycle at the Polar Rhythms Festival in New York

  Jody Sperling, Time Lapse Dance and Matthew Burtner’s “Ice Cycle” were featured in a run of performances in New York at the University Settlement for the 2016 Polar Rhythms Festival. Thursday, June 2 at 8pm – Performance, followed by talkback with Burtner and Sperling. Friday, June 3 at 8pm – Performance, followed by panel […]

music for President Obama’s US State Department GLACIER Conference

Matthew Burtner’s music was featured by the US State Department at the GLACIER Conference, a part of President Obama’s initiative on Climate Change in Alaska. The compositions “Fern,” “Spectral Arctic Ice Triangulations” and “Ice Cycle: Formation” were played during the events for Obama and other leaders of the Arctic nations. The Obama State Department commissioned […]