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The Secret Music of Glaciers

Matthew Burtner, University of Virginia

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Matthew Burtner's research explores the spectral identity of glaciers through ecoacoustic methods, discovering their changing dynamic as a music of climate change. In this lecture he will discuss works such as “Sonic Physiography of a Time-Stretched Glacier,” “Sound Cast of Matanuska Glacier,” and “Syntax of Snow,” all works featured on his new album, "Glacier Music."

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 Professor of Composition and Computer Technologies (CCT) at the University of Virginia, and Director of the environmental arts non-profit organization, EcoSono (
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