Matthew Burtner – Syntax of Snow

Matthew Burtner

Title: Syntax of Snow (for snow, light and audience interaction)

Description:This installation involves containers of amplified, illuminated snow that can be played by members of the public according to a symbolic notation. A snow performer will be on hand to help audience members interpret the lexicon of symbols and to play the snow with their gloved hands (gloves provided). Specific tones are mapped to gestures in the snow.

Bio: Matthew Burtner is an Alaskan-born composer and sound artist specializing in concert chamber music and interactive new media. His work explores ecoacoustics, embodiment, and extended polymetric and noise-based systems. 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) in the Department of Music at the University of Virginia.