Music Video release: Icefield


Music video for “Icefield” from the upcoming album, “Icefield” on PARMA Recordings. Film and music by Matthew Burtner

“Icefield”, a new sound art work by Matthew Burtner, couples a lone saxophonist with a 1000-square mile body of ice in Alaska, an Icefield that serves as the source for dozens of prominent and ancient glaciers. The saxophone itself is performed through the thousand-year-old ice using microphones imbedded in the snow and ice, and the musician plays the amplified snow in addition to the saxophone. Matthew Burtner’s climate change music gives voice to the wilderness of Alaska. Forces of nature such as temperature, light, weather and wind become instruments in Burtner’s ensemble, and through ecoacoustics he creates a musical journey that explores human-nature interaction.