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Ice music made on hand-carved ice instruments

Tim Linhart was an ice sculptor in Colorado. One day he carved an upright string bass from ice and was astonished at the beautiful sound it made. Now he is the founder of Ice Music, based in Luleå, Swedish Lapland. Ice Music presents a winter concert series in a variety of music styles, all played on instruments made of ice and performed in a specially designed igloo.

From p2 Photography‘s video series about offbeat occupations, this is Buck the Cubicle: Ice Music. Learn more about Linhart’s frozen hand-carved instruments and see more from this glowing ice concert hall at icemusic.se.

making an ice violin
glowing ice instruments

The ICEconcerthall is built by two spherical igloos connected together in the middle. The stage in the middle has the lowest air temperature, body heat and breath from the audience are vented to the respective igloos ventilation holes in the roof, like chimneys. This provides the best conditions and a constant temperature of – 5 ° C, which is the most ideal for both instruments made of ice. The ICEconcerthall which accommodates up to 200 guests.

ice concert hall
Related vocab: Sublimation, “the transition of a substance directly from the solid to the gas phase without passing through the intermediate liquid phase.”

hand-carved instruments that glow
Previously from the series: Hikaru dorodango, handmade ‘shining mud dumplings’.

Related ice music: Ice Drumming on Lake Baikal.

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