IDEA Award Winner
for Auksalaq, a telematic multimedia
by Matthew Burtner and Scott Deal
The IDEA Awards are given for "innovative advanced network
applications with the most positive impact and potential."
Previous winners worked in areas such as high-energy physics,
cancer research, internet security, software design, and supercomputing.
"Auksalaq" is one of the rare recognitions in the arts.
IDEA Committee wrote: "Auksalaq was selected based on your
developing an innovative “telematic toolkit” of advanced
network technologies and resources for new artistic expression
via networked multi-site telematic art integrating computer interactivity
with aesthetic expression while synthesizing traditional mediums
of music, dance, drama, art and literature."
Chadabe, Director of the Electronic Music Foundation (EMF) wrote:
"Auksalaq is the single best and most important realization
of meaningful opera for today's world that I have heard in decades
of producing events in New York and elsewhere. It is a pioneering
work that pushes the boundaries of networked, media-enriched performance.
It weaves together multiple narratives relating to global climate
change into a powerful, evocative, and multi-faceted story, presenting
different perspectives in the ways in which we view the world
through a variety of media, including projections, documentary
material, live music, verbal narrative, and electronic sound.
It is interactive in that it enlists action by members of the
audience through their laptop computers. And its telematic presence
addresses a global audience. In its relevance to today's world,
in its theatrical multiple-media presentation, in the ways in
which it brings humanity together with technology, it is a remarkable
work and an example of how opera may and should evolve today."
article in Organized Sound: Volume 16 - Issue 03 (Sound, Listening
and Place I) Cambridge University Press
Adventures in interactive ecoacoustics in the world”
“Matthew Burtner regards the topic of environmental sound
through an ecocritical lens, here via an eloquent description
of several site-based environmental art projects, and uses this
practice-based research to theorise a philosophy of ecoacoustic
sound art. He stresses ‘in-person’ engagement with
the world, extending from an acknowledged influence of the work
of Schafer and the World Soundscape Project's original work.”
Katharine Norman, guest editor
More on EcoSono
“Dynamic Elements” a new Summit Records CD by Mark
Hetzler includes a beautiful recording of Burtner's “Aes/Aer”
(brass/atmosphere) for trombone, engineered by Bob Katz, in album
with music by Rowe, Fulkerson, Udell & Hetzler
for percussion quintet
available here now
are my Pleiades, my Constructions."
works express elemental human relationships with the environment
through music as well as the environmental, physical, mental,
and spiritual complexities of human-nature dialectics. As humans
affect and control the natural environment, the changes we create
reflect back onto our species' behavior, psyche, and imagination.
The "Six Quintets" set up elemental systems of tension
that point to this abstraction: "Water" (ice), "Wood"
(pitch), "Stone" (sand), "Metal" (noise),
"Air" (breath), and "Skin" (bones). These
movements progress from the outward material effects of our behavior
(melting ice) to our body and breath as material.
"Quintets" are scored for a percussion quartet plus
one additional player who is not necessarily a percussionist.
The fifth part is less difficult and more theatrical/ dramatic.
The fifth part is designed to showcase the conceptual dimension
of the work. The "Six Ecoacoustic Quintets" are available
as a set in print form only. Each piece works well on its own
in a recital or the entire set can be played together (duration
Featured work, 2010 Intermedia Festival
Ear to the Earth, 2010
Ensemble 64.8, premiere ensemble
Morris Palter, premiere soloist
NOMADS is an innovative
network system for large group human-computer interaction
in New York at the Ear to the Earth Festival
Ear to the Earth Festival / Electronic Music Foundation
October 31, 5pm
Frederick Lowe Theater, NYU
chamber music and multimedia from "Auksalaq"
performed by Joan LaBarbara, Shiau-uen Ding, Esther Lamneck's
NYU New Music Ensemble, Jonathan Haas' NYU Percussion Ensemble,
Margaret Lancaster, Yael Acher, Sean Phillip Arawjo, the IUPUI
Telematics Ensemble, and NOMADS
featuring Matthew Burtner's compositions "Iceprints"
for piano and sub-ice ecoacoustics, "Cloudprints" for
mixed ensemble, "Windprints" for three solo flutes and
mixed ensemble, "Water (ice) and "Air (breath) from
the "Six Ecoacoustic Quintets" for percussion quintet,
and "Auksalaq (aria)" and "Unganaqtuq Nuna"
for voice. The concert also features live interactive video and
production by "Auksalaq" co-creator Scott Deal, and
with Jordan Munson, Miho Aoki and Maya Salganek. We ask concert
attendees to bring their laptops and participate in the performance
through NOMADS, a new interactive software system designed by
Burtner, Dave Topper, and Steven Kemper of the Interactive Media
Research Group (IMRG).
Raven (Ukiuq Tulugaq)
instrumental ensemble, dance and theatre, video and computer sound
full multimedia production, December 7, 2010
University of Wisconsin, Whitewater
Greenhill Center for the Performing Arts, 7:30pm
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
Interactive Ecoacoustics in the World
a solo lecture/recital by Matthew Burtner
Interactive Ecoacoustics in the World" was created for the
UWGB Common Theme, Realizing Our Sustainable Future, for the University
of Wisconsin Green Bay where it premiered in March. In this concert
I perform natural materials such as water, wind and sand along
with acoustic instruments. The performance features interactive
ecoacoustic compositions structured around the five classical
elements common to Japanese, Greek, Indian, Medieval and Tibetan
philosophies: earth, water, fire, air and ether. It draws on my
experiences last year traveling 30,000 miles by water around the
Milwaukee, Unruly Music Festival
Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 7:30pm, $12/$10
20, Kansas City, University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC)
UMKC Performing Arts Center, 8pm, free
Green Bay, University of Wisconsin (UWGB)
Weidner Center, Fort Howard Hall, 7:30pm, free
Howard Foundation Fellowship, Brown University (2009)
Buckner W. Clay Endowment for the Humanities Award, University
of Virginia (2010)
2010/2011 Center for 21st Century Studies Provost's Fellowship
University of Wisconsin (2010)
Festival, Furman University, Greenville, SC, June, 2012
City, Mexico, February, 2012
SoundON Festival, La Jolla, CA, June, 2011
UWM University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Provost Fellow, 2010/2011
Kansas City, Composer-in-Residence, 2010/2011
University of Wisconsin, December 6-8, 2010
Colloquium Series, October 27, 2010
of Wisconsin Green Bay, March 24-26, 2010
recordings and performance media
now available through the