Ice Instruments

16Nov08

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Norwegian percussionist Terje Isungset has for years used a variety of organic sound elements in creating music and instruments, incorporating the sound of naturally found wood, stone, metal objects and industrial machines and processes in the creation of musical works. But his certainly coolest instruments are his ice instruments – made from solid blocks of pure ice, some of it more than 450 years old glacier ice! He is not only making them but also uses them to produce the most beautiful recordings of ethereal sounds and serious music under harsh and extreme conditions.

His series of ice concerts takes this one step further by presenting the same concept live, using fragile instruments with very quiet sound output. I was amongst those view privileged people who were able to listen to one of his wonderful and truly intriguing concerts that he gave in London last night. For you to get a better idea of what these amazing instruments actually sound like please follow this link and watch some amazing videos here and here.

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