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 'Scaring the Fish' starring Max Casella and Anthony Rapp, John Urbano's Panama documentary 'Beauty of the Fight', Todd Douglas Miller's Emmy-winning Sundance documentary 'Dinosaur 13' (Lionsgate, CNN Films), and 'Apollo 11' (NEON, CNN Films, MacGillivray Freeman). 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' for Top Rank Boxing and 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. The film has been awarded a Sundance Special Jury Award for Editing (Todd Douglas Miller), the Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication (along with fellow recipients Elon Musk and Brian Eno), five Critics' Choice Documentary Awards (Best Documentary Feature, Best Editing, Best Score, Best Science/Nature Documentary, and Best Archival Documentary), and has been nominated for several more awards at the IDA Documentary Awards (including Best Music Score), the Hollywood Music in Media Awards (including Best Documentary Score), the Gotham Awards, and the Cinema Eye Honors (including Outstanding Original Score).