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Matthew Burtner (DMA, Composition '02) captures the sounds of Alaskan glaciers

Jul 15 2019

PBS NewsHour's "Canvas" series recently featured composer (and Stanford DMA, Composition '02) Matthew Burtner's album, Glacier Music,an electroacoustic project recorded at Alaskan glaciers.

Burtner, who was born and raised in Alaska, creates avant-garde soundscapes using the natural sounds of glaciers, snow, and wind in Alaska’s wilderness“When I was studying music, I was impressed by the sounds of the natural world, and in general, the power and the presence of the Alaskan wilderness, and I naturally made music with those things,” he told Alaska Public Media’s Indie Alaska. “As I got older, the environment started changing, and I started hearing those changes in the sounds that I loved.”