D Turner Matthews is a composer, inventor, and performer. He is from Athens, Ohio where he attended Ohio University (OU) and earned a B.M. in Music Composition in May of 2015. While at OU, Turner received two grants to construct and invent instruments, which he would write for and perform on in several of his compositions. These instruments include a 10-foot long bell plate marimba, a collection of chromatically tuned propane tank tongue drums, and three Turner Winches, an instrument which combines guitar pickups with piano strings and a boat winch.
While at OU, Turner formed an artist collective called Triangulus. He and members of Triangulus have presented at experimental art conferences at universities across the United States, including Georgia Tech University, Wesleyan University, Rowan University, Mary Washington University, Denison University, and Fairmont State University. Triangulus has performed in New York City venues including The Public Theater, Madison Square Park, and National Sawdust. They have twice appeared as soloists in front of The Ohio University Wind Symphony featuring original works by Turner. Triangulus recently released an album of experimental electronic rock music entitled Rotten, featuring the use of voice, guitar, synthesizers, Haken Contiuum, Turner Winch, and drum set combined with electronic programming. Turner earned a Master of Arts in Music Composition from Rutgers University in the Spring of 2017.
In addition to Triangulus, Turner has composed for groups such as Sō Percussion, The Ohio University Wind Symphony, and The Ohio University Percussion Ensemble. He is currently working on a solo album of electro-acoustic songs, which he performs with programmed visuals and audio reactive lighting.