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  • (gentle orchestral music)

  • An ice instrument has the purity and the clarity of the heavenly realm.

  • It's not of the earth in the way that a wooden instrument would be.

  • There's so much potential in ice as an acoustic material.

  • (classical piano music)

  • My name is Tim Linhart, and I am the founder of ice music.

  • Ice music is the music that we make on this orchestra of ice instruments.

  • The idea first came to me about 21 years ago.

  • I was an ice sculptor for many years.

  • Decided one of my sculptures I'd like to build a giant violin.

  • And I had a friend who was building guitars and he just asked the question:

  • Gee, I wonder how that one's gonna sound?

  • And that question has swallowed much of the rest of my life.

  • The instruments are made of white ice, which is a mixture of snow and water.

  • It's filled with snowflakes and air bubbles and all kind of different things going on.

  • To make a single instrument a violin, or viola here, the ice part takes about five or six days.

  • I can probably build the whole orchestra, here, in about seven or eight weeks.

  • We have violins, violas, cellos, bass, guitars, mandolins, banjos, drums, and xylophone.

  • Hold, hold, grazie.

  • Ice music is not just classical music or experimental music, it's a wide variety of different things.

  • This winter we'll put on about 45 concerts.

  • The concert hall has a specific design.

  • It's one giant ice cave.

  • The igloo, right now, is 10 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • It's definitely an issue in ice music that people's fingers get cold.

  • People play with a variety of different kinds of gloves.

  • Some people play barehanded, but for me the temperature is, you know, the thing that I really need to make ice music work.

  • (audience clapping and cheering)

  • So many people just cannot wrap their brain around a piece of ice making a sound, or a beautiful sound.

  • When they come in to the ice concert hall, they're just very, very pleasantly surprised and that releases a real, kind of, a high for people.

  • And then, wow, it's amazing!

(gentle orchestral music)

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Playing Instruments Made From Ice

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    Vivian Chen posted on 2019/03/27
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