Emmy Award for “Making Music with Glaciers and Snow”


Making Music with Glaciers and Snow, a piece about Matthew Burtner’s music, won a Northwest Regional Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The show, produced by Alaska Public Media’s Valerie Kern won in the “Environmental – Program – Feature/Segment” category. First airing on Indie Alaska, the show was picked up ...

Avian Telemetry music video release


“Avian Telemetry” by Matthew Burner was created as a result of an interdisciplinary collaboration between the composer and a cohort of faculty and students from the Music, Biology, and English Departments at Furman University in Greenville, SC. Performed by the Furman University Percussion Ensemble directed by Omar Carmenates, the piece features Michele Speitz, narrator. Video Directed ...

“Six Ecoacoustic Quintets” album release


“Six Ecoacoustic Quintets” have been recorded and released by the Furman Percussion Ensemble led by Omar Carmenates, along with a complete recording of “Avian Telemetry”. The album is available as a CD imprint, digital download, and as streaming media on all platforms.  

Glacier Music sheet music available


The scored sheet music and performance materials for Glacier Music are now available for download from Musicians or organizations interested in performing the work from the album can find it at the following links: “Sound Cast of Matanuska Glacier” for ensemble (fl, Bb cl, F hn, 2vln, vla, vcl, b) and glacier ecoacoustics “Threnody (Sikuigvik)” for indeterminate ...

Speed of Sound in an Ice Rain: album and sheet music publication


Speed of Sound in an Ice Rain (2016) for percussion ensemble and field recording has been released by Innova Records on the “Speed of Sound” album by I-Jen Fang and the UVA Percussion Ensemble. The album was created to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the Music Department at the University of Virginia, which corresponds with the beginnings ...

BBC Radio3 “Myths, Dreams and Fire” feature


“Threnody (Sikuigvik) is a dancing death throw that Matthew’s electronics turn into a creeping tragedy, and the whole album, Glacier Music, is a beautiful apocalypse.” BBC’s Radio3 presents “Myths, Dreams and Fire” by host Tom Service, featuring new music by Matthew Burtner, Leafcutter John, Tatjana Kozlova-Johannes, Dave Smith, Elaine Mitchener, Julian Day and Eliane Radigue.

PBS NewsHour / Indie Alaska show on Matthew Burtner


Matthew Burtner’s Glacier Music project was featured on PBS NewsHour in a show by Valerie Kern of Alaska Public Media as part of their Indie Alaska series. Watch the full video below.  

Other Minds’ The Nature of Music


    Matthew Burtner and Charles Amirkhanian engage in a meaningful, unscripted, conversation about the environment, music, and the beautiful intersection of the two. David Brower Center, Richard and Rhoda Goldman Theater, Saturday, April 13, 7:30, $15

“Glacier Music” album release concert in Anchorage, Alaska


GLACIER MUSIC album release concert, and community SNOW MUSIC workshop at the CHURCH OF LOVE The 8pm concert will feature performances of music from the Glacier Music album, works such as “Syntax of Snow”, Sonic Physiography of a Time-Stretched Glacier”, “Sound Cast of Matanuska Glacier” and “Threnody (Sikuigvik)” featuring Eric Retterer on percussion, Matthew Burtner on ...

“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


a fascinating work of unimaginable auditory beauty. Sonograma Magazine (Spain)   the rewards are well worth the time spent getting to know these incredibly intricate pieces… A rich, refreshing album of relaxing music. Review Graveyard (England)   fascinating blends of natural sounds invite reflection about the global issues of planetary warming that are impacting the glaciers. … will haunt the listener far ...

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

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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 Ceiling Floats Away was awarded ...

“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 series of headphone listening stations. Listeners hear the sound of the ...

“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 aired ...

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 on the Arctic, ...

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 ...

new ecoacoustic works for percussion and electronics


The start of winter has brought a flurry of performances of my ecoacoustic percussion music and I am excited to be working with incredible musicians on these projects. I spent the last year writing new solo works including  Sonic Physiography of a Time-Stretched Glacier for Brandon Bell, Glisten of Places for Jeremy Muller, and Ecotones for Garrett ...

Grant Awarded for Sonic Architecture Research Between Venice and Virginia


Composer, Matthew Burtner and Architect, Anselmo Canfora were awarded  a $30,000 research grant for their project, “Sound Cast of San Giorgio Maggiore
: Expressions in Sonic Architecture from Palladio and Jefferson”. The Grant was Presented by the Vice Provost for the Arts at the University of Virginia. The team traveled to Venice to make recordings at select sites.  Sketches ...

“Auksalaq” receives American Prize Special Judges Citation


The multimedia opera Auksalaq by composer MATTHEW BURTNER and media artist SCOTT DEAL has received a Special Judges’ Citation from The American Prize 2014, in the professional theater works division, for “Extraordinary Use of Technology to Expand the Boundaries of Performance”. “Auksalaq” was selected from works reviewed this summer from all across the United States. ...

Composer Residencies at the University of Michigan and Duke University


This fall Matthew Burtner will be Composer in Residence at the University of Michigan and Duke University. As part of the residencies he will perform a recital in Ann Arbor on 11/22/14 featuring music of his graduate students. He will also present a new talk called “1994-2014: 20 Years of Computer Noise in Retrospect” in ...

Album Release: “That which is bodiless is reflected in bodies”


Matthew Burtner’s solo album “That which is bodiless is reflected in bodies” featuring I-Jen Fang was released by Centaur Records on CD and as digital download/streaming. It is distributed by Naxos and available at iTunes,, ArkivMusic, e-classical, e-Music,, Presto Classical, The Classical Shop, Classics Online, CD Universe, Google Play, NhacUs,, Amazon.DE and in physical record stores. The music explores embodiment ...

“Deep Earth” premiere at Athens International Film Festival


“Deep Earth”, Matthew Burtner’s 6-movement, 45′ work for chamber ensemble, computer sound and video, premiered at the 2014 Athens International Film Festival.  Commissioning ensemble, NoBrow Collective performed the piece to an enthusiastic full house at the Central Venue in Athens, OH. The composition explores tectonic and seismic ecoacoustics and mining practices such as hydraulic fracturing. ...

Rita Dove and Matthew Burtner awarded NEA Art Works Grant


The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded Matthew Burtner and poet Rita Dove a $30,000 Art Works Grant in the New Media presentation category. Dove and Burtner will create and present “The Ceiling Floats Away,” a work featuring Rita reading her poetry along with Matthew’s instrumental and computer music. In addition, “Nomads,” an original smart phone app ...

Auksalaq video/DVD released on EcoSono


EcoSono Ensemble has released Auksalaq by Matthew Burtner and Scott Deal,  performed by Lisa Edwards-Burrs, Kelly Sulick, Adam Carter, John Mayhood and I-Jen Fang as the EcoSono Ensemble.  Auksalaq was recorded live at the Phillips Collection during the Auksalaq reprise performance in February of 2011, a performance that happened concurrently with Lu Magnus in New York ...

Matthew Burtner popular tracks on Spotify


Artists make albums but listeners make mixes. I was delighted to find some rarely performed or mentioned pieces on the Matthew Burtner Spotify ”popular tracks” list. The Spotify popular tracks list shows the most played songs by that artist on Spotify. My list includes some classic pieces such as “Portals of Distortion” for nine tenor saxophones ...

With Dinah Gray Dance, Chris Chafe and Da Capo Chamber Ensemble at the Technosonics Festival


The Technosonics Festival at UVA took on the theme of Music and Motion and featured  stunning dance/choreography, and spirited musical performances by Da Capo Ensemble, Chris Chafe, I-Jen Fang and myself.  ”Carving Light From Earth” music by Matthew Burtner, Choreography by Dinah Gray, Dance by Ellen Crooks, Olivia Howard, Anna Reimold, Lauren Thomas. Da Capo Ensemble performing TechnoSonics XIV: ...

“Cloudprints” for instrumental and computer ensemble upcoming performances


“Cloudprints” for instrumental and computer ensembles will be performed at Arizona State University and Ohio State University in the coming months. At ASU, Garrett Johnson will lead the LOrkAS laptop orchestra with the ACME New Music Ensemble, and at OSU, Aaron Michael Butler will lead the No Brow Music Collective in these performances. Cloudprints is scored ...

“NOISE plays BURTNER” album release on innova


“NOISE plays BURTNER” is an album of Matthew Burtner’s chamber music performed by the NOISE ensemble. The album is available in CD or digital download now at, and everywhere September 24

“Broken Drum” released on “This Place/Our Body” vinyl double album


Percussionist Morris Palter has released a double vinyl album called “This Place/Our Body” on Blue Leaf Records. The recording features a new recording of my “Broken Drum” for brake drum and computer, along with music by…

(dis)Appearances Berlin performances by Sarah Plum


This August, Sarah Plum will perform the German premiere of my work (dis)Appearances for a (dis)embodied violin. She will perform the piece twice, on August 23 at Elias Kuppelsaal and at Quiet Cue, on August 24. (dis)Appearances is technically challenging for the violinist as it involves the use of specially-designed interactive software and hardware controllers to ...

EcoSono Institute Alaska Wrap-up


This June I led a group of 10 musicians through Alaska for the annual EcoSono Institute. Here is my final wrap-up report of our activities as we explored the ecology of Alaska, recording the sounds of humpback and orca whales, sea lions, puffin and kittiwake seabirds, glaciers, forest birds, and water of all sorts. ...

“Cloudprints” for instrumental and computer ensemble


A new version of the telematic work “Cloudprints” for instrumental ensemble and computer ensemble is now available for download. Performers playing sine wave generators from the computer keyboard or a MIDI keyboard join a mixed ensemble of instrumental performers to perform this telematic work. The download includes the Max patches, electronic backing track, pdf score, ...

Athens International Film Festival features Burtner’s ecoacoustics/video music


The Athens International Film Festival and NoBrow Music will present a concert of Matthew Burtner’s music for ecoacoustics and film/video. This residency launches a major new commission by Arts Ohio, the International Film Festival, and NoBrow called “Deep Earth” which will be premiered at the 2014 Film Festival. A sneak peak of the new work will ...

“Song for Low Tree” spring performances


“Song for Low Tree” (2012) is being performed by several fantastic percussionists this spring. Commissioned by Nick Fox and written for a kit of wood blocks, log drum, low drum and bass drum the piece uses custom interactive software to process the voice of the performer and the percussion sounds, merging these signals with tree ...

New Music Box feature


New Music Box’s Alexandra Gardner’s has created a beautiful spotlight article and video interview called “Matthew Burtner: Engaging the Natural World”. She talks about his childhood in Alaska, his interest in interactive ecoacoustics and the recent performance of his Auksalaq opera in New York and Washington DC. In this feature she coins the term “appera” ...

[0] (zerospace) Conference wrap-up 2013


The 2013 ZeroSpace Conference on distance and interaction spanned two days and featured researchers, artists and musicians from around the world examining aesthetic, cultural, technological and environmental issues of distance and interaction in the 21st Century. Performances featured works employing telematic and network technology, and exploring conceptual notions of distance. Highlights of the festival for me personally ...

New Percussion Commission Announced


Tromp International Percussion Competition Prize Winner Garrett Mendelow has commissioned a major new work for solo percussion and computer interaction from Matthew Burtner. The piece will premiere in 2014, and will be part of a new solo recital series and recording project.

Auksalaq opera performance on February 11, 2013


Following a postponement due to Hurricane Sandy the New York, Washington D.C. and Charlottesville premier of “Auksalaq” will take place on February 11, 2013 at The Phillips Collection, Lu Magnus and OpenGrounds .

Nuno Aroso and Rita Redshoes premiere Burtner’s “Microplastic PET” in Lisbon Portugal


Singer Rita Redshoes and percussionist Nuno Aroso perform the premiere of Matthew Burtner’s political “up-cycled” song, Microplastic PET on December 14, 2012 in Lisbon Portugal.

National Geographic Review of Auksalaq by Michael McBride


“Auksalaq is a significant cultural event that marries science as the brain, art as the heart and culture as the soul in our search for awareness and sustainability”

Listen to Sandy Hausman’s WVTF/Radio IQ/ Radio Report and Interview with Matthew Burtner


Musicians are standing by for a multi-media happening Monday, an event that could unite people from Alaska to Virginia, Canada to Norway, Washington to Indianapolis in a discussion of climate change. Sandy Hausman reports on what promises to be an interesting night at the opera.

listen to the “Here on Earth” Matthew Burtner Wisconsin Public Radio feature


“Fog, ice, snow, cold, sand, lava, wind. These are the elements out of which sound artist Matthew Burtner creates his eerily effective electroacoustic soundscapes. It is music that draws from both beauty and horror of nature… He calls his music “ecoacoustics”. I say it’s the world song.” Jean Ferraca, Here on Earth, Wisconsin Public Radio

Matthew Burtner playing Metasax and M&M Robot Orchestra in Ghent, Belgium