Metasax

The Metasax page at Stanford’s CCRMA.

The music on this CD is as mysterious and fascinating as the instrument itself…Matthew Burtner has out done himself with this CD and the Metasaxophone. It is a new instrument with new and exciting textures for the saxophone world. His innovative music will stimulate the listener’s imagination. We can almost equate this CD to the mind blowing experience in 2001 Space Odyssey when the hero enters the monolith and the audience was treated to a great light show. Except in this case we are given a sound show that is equally mind blowing. From the singing bowl to the nine acoustic tenor saxophones there is nothing here that is humdrum, routine or expected. This CD will open the window to your imagination. Don’t let this CD go by without hearing it at least a few dozen times.
Saxophone Journal, Review of Metasaxophone Colossus by Paul Wagner

The Metasaxophone is an acoustic tenor saxophone retrofitted with an onboard computer microprocessor, and an array of sensors that convert performance data into independent continuous control messages for a computer. The instrument has additionally been outfitted with a unique microphone system allowing for detailed control of the amplified sound. While maintaining full acoustic functionality, the metasax is also a versatile computer controller and an electric instrument.

A primary motivation behind the Metasaxophone is to put signal processing under direct expressive control of the performer. Through the combination of gestural and audio performance tracking, employing both discrete and continuous multilayered mapping strategies, the Metasaxophone can be adapted for a wide range of musical purposes.

performance videos:

publications and recordings:

Two albums of Burtner’s Metasaxophone music have been recorded and published by INNOVA Records. The albums are available for download or as CDs at iTunes, Amazon.com and Innova.mu ( http://innova.mu/artist1.asp?skuID=199 ).

Portals of Distortion
Innova Records, #512, 1999
order: http://innova.mu/artist1.asp?skuID=127
Metasaxophone Colossus
Innova Records, #620, 2004
order: http://innova.mu/artist1.asp?skuID=199

The WIRE Tapper 12, The WIRE: Delta 2
London, UK, 2004

Computer Music Journal DVD: Noisegate 67
MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2003

CHI 2010 Conference Proceedings
Sxratch for Metasax
Author: Matthew Burtner
Atlanta, Georgia, 2010

Leonardo Music Journal Electronic Almanc
Recursive Audio Systems: Acoustic Feedback in Composition (pdf)
Authors: Chris Burns and Matthew Burtner
MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2004

Organized Sound Journal
The Metasaxophone: Concept, Implementation and Mapping Strategies for a New Computer Music Instrument (pdf)
Author: Matthew Burtner
MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2003

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

International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) 2002 Proceedings
Design of an Extended Saxophone Computer Music Controller
Author: Matthew Burtner
Gottenburg , Sweden, 2002.

New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) 2002 Proceedings
Noisegate 67 for Metasaxophone
Author: Matthew Burtner
Dublin, Ireland, 2002

Digital Audio Effects (DAFX) 2001 Conference Proceedings 
Expressive Controllers for String Physical Models
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Limerick, Ireland,2001

International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) 2001 Proceedings
Real Time Extended Physical Models for the Composer and Performer

Authors: Matthew Burtner and Stefania Serafin
Havana, Cuba, 2001

International Society for Musical Acoustics (ISMA) Conference Proceedings
Instrument Controller Substitution Using Physical Models

Authors: Matthew Burtner and Stefania Serafin
Perugia, Italy ,2001