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Dr. Matthew Burtner is Associate Professor of Music/CCT at the University of Virginia where he is Associate Director of the VCCM Computer Music Center and Director of the Interactive Media Research Group (IMRG). He is a composer and performance artist specializing in interactive media. As a researcher he develops multimedia technologies for creative and educational applications. Committed to interdisciplinary collaboration, Burtner has worked with the Art, Architecture, Drama and Engineering schools/departments at UVA on a range of digital media projects. In 2006 he was a Rodman Guest Faculty in UVA’s Engineering School and he continues to cultivate collaborations between engineering and humanities students at UVA. As an invited researcher at IRCAM/Centre Pompidou in Paris (2005/2006) he developed applications for multimedia performance used in his own creative work. His digital humanities research has been awarded significant fellowship support by several organizations including the T+TI Fellowship of UVA (2007/2008), the Howard Foundation Fellowship of Brown University (2008/2009), The Buckner Clay Endowment of UVA (2009/2010) and by the Center for 21st Century Studies Provost Fellowship of the University of Wisconsin (2009/2010).

            Burtner’s original music and multimedia works have received numerous awards and prizes including first prize in the Musica Nova International Competition (Czech Republic) and awards from Bourges (France), Gaudeamus (Netherlands), Darmstadt (Germany), Prix d’Ete (USA), Meet the Composer (USA), ASCAP (USA), Luigi Russolo (Italy), American Music Center (USA), and Hultgren Biennial competitions (USA). He composes music for a range of multimedia contexts employing video, dance, theatre, acoustic instruments and computer sound.  His music is widely performed and has appeared in major festivals and venues worldwide. Among published recordings for DACO (Germany), The WIRE (UK), MIT Press (US), Innova (US), Centaur (US), SMTG (US), EcoSono (US) and Euridice (Norway), his music appears on three critically acclaimed solo recordings: “Portals of Distortion”, “Metasaxophone Colossus” and “Signal Ruins”. His 2008 “Signal Ruins” sound art-works DVD was described by London’s Further Noise as “a dissonant, ecstatic anti-chorus of metallic shrieking, stresses, and crackle… cementing this audio-visual project as a most trenchant experience in ritual.”

Burtner has conducted major artist residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada), Phonos Foundation/Pompeu Fabra Universidad (Spain), Musikene (Spain), Cite des Arts (Paris), and the University of Washington (USA). He received the Doctorate degree from Stanford University’s Department of Music/CCRMA in 2002.

His MICE (Mobile Interactive Computer Ensemble) forms a unique human-computer ensemble using artificial intelligence, interactive multimedia and  alternate computer controllers. In 2008 MICE expanded into an unprecedented human/computer orchestra of 200 performers, and in 2009 the group embarked on a 4-month world tour visiting 11 countries on four continents.



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