Matthew Burtner is an Alaskan-born composer and sound artist. An IDEA Award winner and first prize winner of the Musica Nova International Electroacoustic Music composition, Burtner works closely with politicians, scientists, artists, and musicians, creating music in support of sustainability and free imagination. In 2014 he was invited to Brazil to work with former Vice President Al Gore on Climate Reality, and in 2015 he was invited by the US State Department to create the music for former President Barack Obama’s visit to Alaska. In 2015 he was also a featured presenter on the Smithsonian Magazine’s Future is Here festival and the Smithsonian Natural History Museum’s Arctic Spring Festival. In 2016 he presented Music for Climate Science at NASA’s Goddard Space Center. His electronic and chamber music is played widely in festivals and concerts around the world and is available on several critically acclaimed albums. Jean Ferraca of Public Radio’s Here on Earth says “It is music that draws from both beauty and horror of nature… He calls his music ‘ecoacoustics.’ I say it’s the world song.” Burtner is Professor of Composition and Computer Technologies (CCT) and Chair of the Department of Music at the University of Virginia, and Founder of the environmental arts nonprofit organization, EcoSono.

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Albums

Six Ecoacoustic Quintets / Avian Telemetry

Release Date: August 28, 2020
Catalog Number: RR8040
21st Century
Chamber
Electronic
Percussion
Ravello Records is proud to release SIX ECOACOUSTIC QUINTETS / AVIAN TELEMETRY, the newest album from Matthew Burtner. In collaboration with Omar Carmenates, the Furman Percussion Ensemble, and the Shi Center for Sustainability, Burtner’s compositions incorporate avian biology, soundscape ecology, romantic-period British poetry, ecoacoustic music, and avant-garde percussion performance. And if you find all that surprising, you’re not familiar with the work of these two innovative groups.
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Glacier Music

Release Date: January 25, 2019
Catalog Number: RR8001
21st Century
Avant-Garde
Electroacoustic
Percussion
Matthew Burtner returns to Ravello Records with the haunting beauty of GLACIER MUSIC, an electroacoustic collection featuring the Alaskan natural landscape as the central instrument. Most of the natural sounds were recorded on Alaskan glaciers, featuring the sounds of snow, trickling streams, and the cracks, pops, and thundering as glaciers break apart and fall. Burtner, who was born in Alaska and grew up among the glaciers, also sculpts scientific measurements of glacial melt into the music through a technique known as sonification.
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The Ceiling Floats Away

Release Date: January 12, 2018
Catalog Number: RR7979
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 a Special Jury Award in the 2016 American Prize in Chamber Music Composition for "Unique Nexus of Acoustics, Electronics and Audience Interaction." Since its composition, it has been selected for performance at various festivals and venues, including the Smithsonian Natural History Museum’s Accelerate Festival.
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