Matthew Burtner: Icefield EcoSono Ensemble

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Label: Ravello Records

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Classical Crossover

Artist: EcoSono Ensemble

Composer: Matthew Burtner (b.1971)

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  • Matthew Burtner (b. 1971): You Sink into the Singing Snow (Version for Voice, Chamber Ensemble & Electronics):
  • 1Burtner: You Sink into the Singing Snow (Version for Voice, Chamber Ensemble & Electronics)06:58
  • Icefield:
  • 2Burtner: Icefield11:42
  • Vaporous Clouds Condense:
  • 3Burtner: Vaporous Clouds Condense02:53
  • Sonification of an Arctic Lagoon:
  • 4Burtner: Sonification of an Arctic Lagoon03:51
  • We Are as One Plane:
  • 5Burtner: We Are as One Plane06:02
  • Threnody (Sikuigvik) [Version for Chamber Ensemble & Electronics]:
  • 6Burtner: Threnody (Sikuigvik) [Version for Chamber Ensemble & Electronics]08:34
  • Aialik Iceberg Sound Cast with Binaural Beats:
  • 7Burtner: Aialik Iceberg Sound Cast with Binaural Beats03:28
  • Oil Drum:
  • 8Burtner: Oil Drum07:35
  • Iceprints:
  • 9Burtner: Iceprints21:08
  • Total Runtime01:12:11

Info for Matthew Burtner: Icefield

If glaciers could speak, what would they tell us? On ICEFIELD, veteran composer Matthew Burtner answers that very question with an eclectic series of works that explore the intersection between the environment and controlled sound. Combining specialized field recordings of glaciers and Arctic storms, electroacoustics, and traditional instruments, Burtner creates surreal soundscapes that blur the line between audio and physical experience—from the opera Auksalaq to the audio synthesization of data on Sonification of an Arctic Lagoon, each piece on the album channels the whip-crack chill of the air, the blinding snow, and the awe-inspiring sight of glacial fields breaking apart and bringing sea levels higher and higher.

Matthew Burtner, saxophone, field recording & computer-generated sound
EcoSono Ensemble:
Lisa Edwards-Burrs, voice
Kevin Davis, cello
Kelly Sulick, flute
John Mayhood, piano
Naima Burrs, violin
I-Jen Fang, percussion
Glen Whitehead, trumpet
A4E Ensemble:
Kasia Sokol-Borup, violin
Hasse Borup, violin
Julie Edwards, viola
Viktor Uzur, cello
Jens Tenbroek, bass
Maddy Tarantelli, horn
Katie Porter, clarinets
Christina Castellanos, flute
Colin Malloy, percussion
Chrysi Nanou, piano

Matthew Burtner
is an Alaskan-born composer, sound artist and eco-acoustician whose music and research explores embodiment, ecology, polytemporality and noise. First Prize Winner of the Musica Nova International Electroacoustic Music Competition (Czech Republic), a 2011 IDEA Award Winner, and a recipient of the Howard Brown Foundation Fellowship, Burtner’s music has also received honors and awards from Bourges (France), Gaudeamus (Netherlands), Darmstadt (Germany) and The Russolo (Italy) international competitions. He is the Eleanor Shea Chaired Professor of Music in Composition and Computer Technologies (CCT) at the University of Virginia where he Co-Directs the Coastal Futures Conservatory. He is also Director of the Alaskan-based environmental arts non-profit organization, EcoSono (

Burtner’s works have been performed in festivals and venues throughout the world, and commissioned by ensembles such as NOISE (USA), Integrales (Germany), Peak FreQuency (USA), MiN (Norway), Musikene (Spain), Spiza (Greece), CrossSound (Alaska), and others. His work has been supported by major grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Science Foundation, and he created ecoacoustic music for a number of organizations including President Obama’s US State Department. His research in ecoacoustics has been featured by NASA’s Goddard Space Center, the American Geophysical Union, The Atlantic, Earther and the Center for Energy Studies in the Humanities (CENHS) at Rice University.

He is the composer of three evening-length intermedia environmental opera/theater works — Ukiuq Tulugaq (Winter Raven), Kuik, and Auksalaq, the first climate change opera. A 2010/2011 Provost Fellow at the Center for 21st Century Studies at UWM, Burtner has also conducted long-term residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada), Phonos Foundation/Pompeu Fabra Universidad (Spain), Musikene (Spain), Cite des Arts (France), IRCAM/Centre Pompidou (France), and the University of Missouri Kansas City (USA). He studied composition, computer music, saxophone and philosophy at St. Johns College, Tulane University (BFA), Iannis Xenakis’s UPIC-Studios, the Peabody Institute/Johns Hopkins (MM), and Stanford University/CCRMA (DMA). Among published recordings for Parma/Ravello (US), DACO (Germany), The WIRE (UK), Innova (US), Summit (US) Centaur (US), EcoSono (US) and Euridice (Norway), his music is available on several solo albums: That which is bodiless is reflected in bodies, The Ceiling Floats Away, Glacier Music, NOISE plays Burtner, Auksalaq Live at the Philips Collection, MICE World Tour, Signal Ruins, Metasaxophone Colossus and Portals of Distortion.

Burtner’s creative musical work is closely intertwined with the sciences, particularly environmental science and engineering. He develops systems for human-computer-environment interaction featured in his music. He invented the NOMADS telematic system, the MICE human-computer ensemble and orchestra, the Metasaxophone augmented instrument, and a number of ecoacoustic approaches.

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