Auksalaq at Miami University, Ohio

April 30th, 2020

Miami University Performance of Auksalaq featuring the EcoSono Ensemble, November 4, 2019
For more information visit the Miami University Performing Arts Series

National Geographic on Campus

April 30th, 2020

National Geographic Foundation, University of Virginia Environmental Resilience Institute
Featuring EcoSono Ensemble, April 13, 2019

Cultures of Energy Festival, Houston

April 30th, 2020



The Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences, Moody Center for the Arts, Rice University, Houston Texas.  April 13-14, 2018. Featuring EcoSono Ensemble and Loop38
For more information visit: Cultures of Energy 7 Festival, 2018

Performance at the Phillips Collection, Washington DC

March 1st, 2013

The Phillips Collection in Washington DC was the host site for a 2013 performance of Auksalaq, in collaboration with the Lu Magnus Gallery in New York City, and UVA OpenGrounds in Charlottesville Virginia on February 11. The performance featured the EcoSono Ensemble at the Phillips Collection, with performers online at Lu Magnus, and media participation at OpenGrounds, University of Virginia.

Premiere of Entire Opera

November 6th, 2012

Cool shot 1

While performances of Auksalaq have been ongoing since 2010, the first large-scale performance of the work in its entirety occurred on October 29th 2012, between the University of Alaska Museum of the North, Tavel Center at IUPUI, CIRMMT at Schullich School of Music, McGill University in Montreal, Grieg Academy of Music in Bergen Norway, and the OpenGrounds Studio at the University of Virginia. Performance ensembles included Bit20 (Norway), BEK (Bergen Center Electronic Arts, Norway), Ensemble Knox (USA), McGill Percussion Ensemble (Canada), EcoSono Ensemble (USA), and Telematic Collective (USA). An interactive audience-participation software called NOMADS enabled engagement with the performance in real-time across all the stages. Audience members at the concert locations were able to use their laptop computers and mobile devices in order to participate in the performance in real-time. Links to reviews of the premiere are in the “press” section of this website. For a full list of participants, see the blog posting of the premiere program.

Super Storm Pummels Climate Change Opera Premiere

October 29th, 2012

The Superstorm Sandy has forced 2 of the scheduled 7 world-wide venues to cancel the premier performance of Auksalaq, multi-site, interactive opera about climate-change by composer Matthew Burtner and media artist Scott Deal.
According to a news article on The Weather Channel, “Sandy strengthened before dawn and stayed on a predicted path toward Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York — putting it on a collision course with two other weather systems that would create a superstorm with the potential for havoc over 800 miles from the East Coast to the Great Lakes. About 2 to 3 feet of snow were even forecast for mountainous parts of West Virginia.” » Read the rest of this entry «

Personnel for First Performance Entire Opera, October 2012

October 25th, 2012

Here is the program of performers, technicians, producers and artists involved in the world premiere of the full version of Auksalaq. » Read the rest of this entry «

Auksalaq Complete version announced for October 29, 2012

May 18th, 2012

The complete version the award-winning telematic opera Auksalaq has been announced for October 29th at 5 pm EST, to be performed simultaneously between The Phillips Collection in Washington DC, the University of Alaska Museum of the North, Lu Magnus Gallery in New York, Tavel Center at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, CIRMMT at McGill University in Montreal, Grieg Academy of Music in Bergen Norway, and the OpenGrounds Studio and Clemons Library at the University of Virginia.

» Read the rest of this entry «

Auksalaq Presented with Internet2 IDEA Award

October 6th, 2011

Internet2, the nation’s most advanced networking consortium, presented the Internet2 Driving Exemplary Applications (IDEA) award  to Scott Deal and Matthew Burtner for their creation of Auksalaq. In presenting the award, they were commended for “innovation in advanced network applications for collaborative research and education” at the Internet2 Fall Member Meeting in Raleigh, N.C. on Tuesday, Oct. 4. Writing in support for the award, Joel Chadabee, President of the Electronic Music Foundation wrote: “Auksalaq is the single best and most important realization of meaningful opera for today’s world.” Tom Knab, chair of the IDEA award judging committee and chief information officer, Case Western Reserve University’s College of Arts & Sciences wrote that “the winning submissions were from an exceptionally strong nominations pool and represent a cross-section of the wide-ranging innovation that is occurring within the Internet2 member community.” » Read the rest of this entry «

Article on Auksalaq in New 2011 Book

August 15th, 2011

Two articles dealing with Auksalaq will be part of the upcoming publication of North by 2020: Perspectives on Alaska’s Changing Social-Ecological  Systems, scheduled for release in the fall of 2011 by the University of Alaska Press. Climate Change as Telematic Art, written by S. Deal, gives treatment to the conception and construct of the opera. Syntax of Snow: Ecoacoustics of a Changing Arctic, written by M. Burtner, discusses philosophical, aesthetic and compositional concerns behind Auksalaq. The articles are reprinted in the “Writings” section of this website.