Matthew Goodheart

Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Music (2015–17)
Dr. Matthew Goodheart

Matthew Goodheart is a composer, improviser, and sound artist who completed a Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley in 2013. Following an early career as a free-jazz pianist, he has developed a wide body of work that explores the relationships between performer, instrument, and listener. His diverse creations range from large-scale microtonal compositions to open improvisations to immersive sound installations - all unified by the analytic techniques and performative methodologies that bring forth the unique and subtle acoustic properties of individual musical instruments. Goodheart's approach results in a "generative foundation" for exploring issues of perception, technology, cultural ritual, and the psycho-physical impact of acoustic phenomena. His work has been featured throughout the US, Canada, and Europe in such festivals as Neue Musik Köln, MaerzMusik, The International Spectral Music Festival, June in Buffalo, Klappsthulfest, Jazz Ao Centro, The Illuminations New Music & Arts Festival, and many others. Among his numerous awards and honors are a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship, the 2014 Berlin Prize in Music Composition, and a 2013-14 Fulbright Grant to the Czech Republic where he worked with the historic quartertone pianos designed by Alois Hába. 

Matthew Goodheart & his Computer Controlled Metal Percussion

Matthew Goodheart - Bracken Tongues Wept and other works

Recent Publications