Sound Cast of Matanuska Glacier

Sound Cast of Matanuska Glacier (2015-2019is a multichannel surround sound installation and a concert work for chamber ensemble and glacier ecoacoustics.

Instrumentation: flute, Bb clarinet, F horn, 2 violin, viola, cello, bass

The sound installation mixes many channels of coincidental audio into a multichannel diffusion for a gallery installation context. Listeners can walk around the gallery and explore the glacier as a dynamic environmental instrument. Burtner recorded the glacier with microphones imbedded inside the ice and underwater in crevices in addition to on the surface, and in this way the installation illuminates sonic energy of the glacier that one could not hear even while standing on the glacier itself.

The chamber music composition may be performed within this sound installation or as its own stand-alone concert work.

duration is c. 19 minutes.

“Sound Cast of Matanuska Glacier” is a long term project that was completed in 2019. Burtner began recording the Matanuska Glacier seasonally in 2011. The musical work was begun in 2015 at the request of the US State Department under President Obama, for which an initial stereo sound piece was created and played at the GLACIER Conference in Anchorage Alaska at the Dena’ina Center. The premiere of the full concert piece was presented at the Church of Love in Anchorage, Alaska in January of 2019 at the “Glacier Music” album release concert. The installation version has not yet been installed in a gallery or museum context.


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