THE SONG OF THE ICE

A new collaborative project that combines music, science, sound, animation and images to tell the story of the life of the Antarctic ice sheet which you can watch here on YouTube in three parts:

1 isolate: the last 180 million years - other continents move away isolating Antarctica ending with the ice sheet forming.

2 grow: the last 30 million years — the ice sheet grows and moves with the sounds of icequakes and images from my field work across the Antarctic Peninsula and West Antarctica.

3 breathe: the last 0.8 million years — the rise and fall of C02 in ice cores converted to sound and music, with the recent change at the very end.

You can read all about it in this article for the Geoscientist Magazine. Partners in this project include Stuart Hamilton and Chris Bell, together with friends at the British Antarctic Survey whose perspectives are captured in this press release:

 “ .... a deep understanding of Antarctica and its journey through eons of geological time ... a rare musical talent to bring that story to life ... an uplifting visual and musical journey ....  science changes lives and music changes lives; beware, ‘The Song of the Ice’ is powerful stuff!”
 David Vaughan

“Science, sounds and sights ... a truly remarkable and unique integration of all of them, using the Antarctic Ice Sheet as a unifying theme ... the Song of the Ice is an amazing achievement. Watch and listen; it will take your mind to far-away places and through distant times.”
Andy Smith

’For many years I have presented the ice core carbon dioxide graph with the sound of popping bubbles of ancient air being released from deep ice core samples. I can’t help admitting that the music of graph is more evocative, particularly with regard to the alarming recent rise in carbon dioxide’
Rob Mulvaney

Launched by global live stream on YouTube on Earth Day, April 22nd 2020.

Full video and introductory talk available on YouTube, music available for free streaming and download at Bandcamp.

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