Matt Morton is an award-winning composer, multi-instrumentalist, and engineer/producer from Columbus, Ohio. He started on the guitar at age 9 and went on to learn the bass, piano, drums, mandolin, cuatro, charango, ukulele, banjo, and cello. He was a founding member, lead guitarist, and vocalist for The Shantee (rock band), and has recorded several albums, toured nationally, and opened for bands including George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic, Blues Traveler, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, the Neville Brothers, Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers, Widespread Panic, and The National.
His feature-length scores include the multiple award-winning 'Apollo 11' (NEON, CNN Films, MacGillivray Freeman), Todd Douglas Miller's Emmy-winning Sundance documentary 'Dinosaur 13' (Lionsgate, CNN Films), 'Scaring the Fish' starring Max Casella and Anthony Rapp, and John Urbano's Panama documentary 'Beauty of the Fight'. His short-form and commercial clients include CNN Films & Great Big Story (their Apollo 17 short documentary 'The Last Steps'), Peter Berg / Film 45's short boxing documentary 'HEAVY: Fury v Schwarz' (Top Rank Boxing, ESPN), SapientNitro, Ketchum, JPMorgan Chase, Wendy's, Scotts Miracle-Gro, American Eagle, Hollister Co., JDRF, Abercrombie & Fitch, Mercy Health, and the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation. He is also the founder of the music production company Studio 651 Ltd. and its publishing division, Studio 651 Publishing (BMI).
Matt recently wrote, orchestrated, performed, recorded, and mixed all of the original music (including the teaser trailer and theatrical trailer) for the all-archival documentary 'Apollo 11'. Every instrument and effect used in the score existed at the time of the mission in 1969 including a Moog modular Synthesizer IIIc (a reissue of the 1968 version - 1 of 25 in the world), a Binson Echorec 2 (tube echo), a Mellotron (early keyboard sampler used by The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, etc.), a Hammond organ, various period drum machines, and the orchestra. The Soundtrack is out now digitally, on CD, and on vinyl through Milan Records. The film first hit IMAX theaters in March 2019, with a worldwide theatrical run throughout the year. It was broadcast on CNN that summer, and a special 48-minute version of the film (‘Apollo 11: First Steps Edition’) is playing now in science centers and museums around the world. He won both the 2019 Critics' Choice Documentary Award for Best Score and the 2020 Cinema Eye Honors award for Outstanding Original Score.