Production Group


[DDET Matthew Burtner]
Is an Alaskan-born composer specializing in noise-based systems, interactive media and ecoacoustics. First prize winner of the Musica Nova International Electroacoustic Music Competition (Czech Republic) his music has also received honors 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).

Burtner’s ecoacoustic chamber music, often combining acoustic instruments and new technologies with video, dance or theatre, has been performed in major festivals and venues throughout the world. He is the composer of three multimedia operas: Winter Raven (2002), Kuik/Windcombs/Imaq (2006), and Auksalaq (2010, created with producer, Scott Deal). Ensembles and organizations commissioning Burtner’s music include Ensemble Integrales (Germany), San Diego New Music and NOISE (USA), Trio Ascolto (Germany), MiN Ensemble (Norway), Musikene/Quincena Festival (Spain), Spiza (Greece), German Ministerium for the Arts (Germany), Jerome Foundation (USA), CrossSound (Alaska), and others. Among published recordings for DACO (Germany), The WIRE (UK), MIT Press (US), Innova (US), ICMA (US), Centaur (US), EcoSono (US) and Euridice (Norway), his music appears on three critically acclaimed solo recordings: “Portals of Distortion”, “Metasaxophone Colossus” and “Signal Ruins”.

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 (France), IRCAM/Centre Pompidou (France), the University of Wisconsin (USA) and the University of Washington (USA). Originally from Alaska, he lived in Australia, Santa Fe, New Orleans, Paris, Baltimore, Barcelona and Palo Alto before relocating to Charlottesville to the University of Virginia where he is Associate Professor of composition, Director of the Interactive Media Research Group (IMRG), and Associate Director of the VCCM Computer Music Center. He studied composition, computer music, saxophone and philosophy at St. Johns College, Tulane University (BFA, summa cum laude, 1993), Iannis Xenakis’s UPIC-Studios, the Peabody Institute/Johns Hopkins (MM, 1997), and Stanford University/CCRMA (DMA, 2002). At Stanford he worked closely with Jonathan Harvey, Max Mathews, Brian Ferneyhough and Jonathan Berger.
Burtner develops new technologies for creative and educational applications. In 1999, he invented the Metasaxophone, an acoustic/electric/computer instrument extending the saxophone into the world of electro-acoustics. He also developed several theatrical ecoacoustic instruments for his large-scale staged multimedia operas, Winter Raven (2002) and Kuik (2006). In 2009 he invented NOMADS (Network-Operational Mobile Applied Digital System), a system now developed by the Interactive Media Research Group (IMRG) at UVA and a collaborative venture with David Topper and Steven Kemper.
Recently Burtner’s research and composition has been awarded significant fellowship support by 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 (2010/2011).

Matthew Burtner website


[DDET Scott Deal]
Scott Deal has performed throughout North America, Asia, and Europe. He has premiered solo, chamber and mixed media works, and can be heard on the Albany, Centaur, Cold Blue and SCI labels. Deal’s recordings of the music of John Luther Adams have been described as “soaring, shimmering explorations of resplendent mood and incredible scale”….”sublimely performed”.

Continually inspired by new and emerging artistic technologies, Deal is the founder of the Telematic Collective, an Internet performance group comprised of artists and computer specialists. In this capacity he has performed at Supercomputing Global, SIGGRAPH, Chicago Calling, Zerospace, IEEE CloudCom, Ingenuity Festival, Internet2 and with groups that include ART GRID, Another Language, Digital Worlds Institute and the Helsinki Computer Orchestra. He is a founding member and percussionist for the computer-acoustic trio Big Robot.

Deal’s work has received funding from organizations that include Meet the Composer, Lilly Foundation New Frontiers, Indiana Arts Council, Clowes Foundation, IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, ConocoPhillips, and the University of Alaska. He resides in Indianapolis, Indiana where he is a Professor of Music and Director of the Donald Louis Tavel Arts and Technology Research Center at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). He also serves as artist-faculty on the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice at the New England Conservatory. Deal was a Professor of Music at the University of Alaska Fairbanks from 1995 to 2007, where he founded the percussion and technology programs. He is formerly the Principal Percussionist of the Fairbanks Symphony, Timpanist of the Arctic Chamber Orchestra, artist faculty for the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival.

Early in his career he was the Timpanist/Principal Percussionist of the Miami Symphony, and taught at the New World School of the Arts, where in 1994 he was voted Teacher of the Year. As a student he was winner in the Music Teacher’s National Association Collegiate Artist Competition and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory Concerto Competition, and placed 2nd in the Percussive Arts Society International Marimba Competion. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Miami, a Master of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cameron University. Deal is a Yamaha Artist, and a Black Swamp Percussion Artist.

Scott Deal website



Scott Deal

Music and Libretto

Matthew Burtner


[DDET Miho Aoki]
Miho Aoki was born in Tokyo and grew up in a suburb of Nagoya in
Japan.  She studied digital art and animation at the Advanced
Computing Center for Arts and Design and received a Master of Fine
Arts degree from the Ohio State University. She is currently teaching
digital art at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and is a joint
faculty at the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center.  Her work ranges
from digital prints to animation to live performances.  Her works were
also exhibited at international and national juried art shows, such as
Japan Media Art Festival and Minnesota National Print Biennial.[/DDET]
Scott Deal
[DDET Jordan Munson]
Jordan Munson is a Lecturer in Music and Arts Technology at IUPUI, as well as an associate of the Donald Tavel Arts and Technology Research Center. As a composer and multimedia artist, his works have been shown at institutions and festivals such as the University of California at San Diego (UCSD), the New York City Electro-Acoustic Music Festival and SEAMUS.
As a performer, Munson has performed alongside artists such as Matmos, R. Luke DuBois and Bora Yoon and as part of telematic ensemble Big Robot.
Munson holds degrees from Indiana University in Indianapolis (M.S.M.T.) and the University of Kentucky (B.M.).[/DDET]
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[DDET Maya Salganek]
Maya Salganek, Assistant Professor of Theatre/Film Studies, University of Alaska Fairbanks. A multimedia artist and filmmaker, Maya has worked as a film director, producer, editor, and cinematographer. Her work spans from producing independent feature films to directing ethnographic documentaries, educational films, and scientific videos. With a Masters in Anthropology and BAFA in Fine Arts photography, her film work is often an extension of visual anthropology and cultural expression. Her work includes Chronic Town (2008),Dear Lemon Lima (2009), and Field Techniques for Sea Ice Research (2010).[/DDET]


[DDET Hajo Eicken] Hajo Eicken is Professor of Geophysics at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. His research interests include polar field studies of the growth, decay, and properties of sea ice. He is particularly interested in the role of sea ice in marine ecosystems and its use by people. Currently he heads an effort at the University of Alaska to enhance use of scientific data by different stakeholders at the local and international level (North by 2020 Forum). As lead of a large US Interagency Program (SEARCH), he works towards an observing network to help understand and respond to Arctic environmental and socio-economic change.[/DDET]

Information Technology and Production Design

[DDET Steven Kemper]
Steven Kemper’s research in music technology includes both the development of musical performance systems and compositions for those systems. He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Virginia in the Composition and Computer Technologies program. Steven received a M.M. from Bowling Green State University in composition and a B.A. from Bowdoin College.
Steven is a co-founder of Expressive Machines Musical Instruments (EMMI), a collective dedicated to creating and composing music for robotic instruments. He is also a member of UVA’s Interactive Media Research Group (IMRG) where he is a Java developer for NOMADS (Network-Operational Mobile Applied Digital System), a web based tool for artistic creation and teaching in large-scale classroom and performance contexts. Additionally, he designed and built the RAKS (Remote electroAcoustic Kinesthetic Sensing) System, a wireless sensor interface designed specifically for tribal fusion belly dancer. In 2010, Steven won the International Computer Music Association 2010 Student Award for Best Submission for Shadows no. 5, a collaborative work with composer and dancer Aurie Hsu that features the RAKS System. [/DDET]
[DDET Chuiyuan Meng]
Mr. Chuiyuan Meng was born and raised in Beijing, China, where he received training as a pianist, software engineer, and web designer.  He is a Lecturer at the IUPUI Department of Music and Arts Technology, where he also serves as the System Specialist for the Donald Tavel Arts and Technology Research Center. Meng received his Bachelor of Music degree from the College of Music at Capital Normal University, Beijing, and his Master of Science in Music Technology degree from the Indiana University School of Music Program at IUPUI. As a musician, he won performance awards that included the No.2 and No.5 Beijing Hope Cup Piano Competition, and has performed throughout China and the United States. His research interests lie in experimenting with new techniques of web-based programming while developing Web 2.0 and relevant Rich Internet Application technologies. Meng has created a powerful set of software tools that enhance experiences for musicians, education students and faculty.[/DDET]
[DDET David Topper]
David Topper has been the Technical Director for the Virginia Center for Computer Music since 1997.  His research has focused on topics ranging from real time synthesis and video processing systems, multichannel audio, wireless sensor arrays, single board computers, graphical user interfaces, and Java-based network performance applications.  Other work has centered around helping build up the VCCM’s physical space, resources and community.  He has also been a supporter and contributor to the Open Source Software movement since the early 1990s.[/DDET]


Interactive Media Research Group (IMRG), University of Virginia
Telematic Collective, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
Arctic Imagery courtesy of the International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks (IARC)