Matthew Burtner’s music explores the performative transition across physical spaces and between physical and virtual environments. Instrumental performance with technology inspires the creation of new tools that allow performers to interface with such virtual environments or across expanded physical distance. Burtner’s research with alternate computer controllers, physical modeling synthesis and telematics stems from an interest in exploring the fluidity between real and virtual spaces, and the sense of connection/separation and magic we have when experiencing staged performances. Please see the Ecoacoustics page for more information on this related research path. For a list of compositions dealing with instrumental (dis)Embodiment click here 

[0] ZeroSpace initiative on distance and interaction

NOMADS telematic software project

(dis)Embodied Touch: a performance series on theatre, music and healing

research papers:

Network Socio-Synthesis and Emergence in NOMADS: co-written with Steven Kemper and David Topper. “Journal of Organized Sound” 17(1), Cambridge University Press

Generalizing Digital Waveguides for Composition. Chris Burns, Matthew Burtner and Stefania Serafin,eContact online journal. Volume 8.3, CEC, Canadian Electroacoustic Community, Montreal, CA. 2006.

The Shamanic Object as a Model for New Multimedia Computer Performance Interfaces. International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) Proceedings. Miami, Florida, 2004.

A Theory of Modulated Objects for New Shamanic Controller Design. New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) Conference Proceedings. Hamamatsu, Japan, 2004.

Regenerative Feedback in the Medium of Radio: Study 1.0(FM) for Radio Transceiver. Matthew Burtner,Leonardo Music Journal. Volume 13, MIT Press, Boston, 2003.

Recursive Audio Systems: Acoustic Feedback in Composition. Chris Burns and Matthew Burtner,Leonardo Electronic Almanac. Volume 13, MIT Press, 2003.

The Exbow Metasax: Compositional Applications of Bowed String Physical Models Using Instrument Controller Substitution, Matthew Burtner and Stefania Serafin, Journal of New Music Research (JNMR). Swets & Zeitlinger, Lisse, The Netherlands, 2002.

Composing for the (dis)Embodied Ensemble: Notational Systems in (dis)Appearances. Burtner. New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) Conference Proceedings. Montreal, Canada, 2003.

Musical Applications of Generalised Multichannel Digital Waveguides. Proceedings of the Stockholm Music Acoustics Conference (SMAC 03). Burns/Burtner/Serafin. Stockholm, Sweden, 2003.

Spatio-Operational Spectral (S.O.S.) Synthesis. Burtner/Topper. Digital Audio Effects (DAFX) ConferenceProceedings. Hamburg, Germany, 2002.