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Ice Records Play the Songs of Melting Glaciers
Posted By Moe Beitiks On February 24, 2010 @ 5:00 pm In Art | 1 Comment
If the Earth growls , then glaciers beat-box. In an installation called Langjökull, Snæfellsjökull, Solheimajökull , artist Katie Paterson  created three records out of glacier ice and then played them until they melted. The progression of the warbling watery sounds and liquefying flux were documented on film to create, in song, what would become the only physical record of these glaciers’ former existence.
Paterson’s ice records are formed from melted glacier water frozen into the shape of playable records. The ice records themselves start out as flat, glittering surfaces, and are then slowly scarred and dissolved by the needle and the warm air, creating unique sounds  that recall rushing water, mixed with crystalline tinkling, and topped off with some old-school needle-scratches – a veritable Kid n’ Play  on an Arctic shelf. In our opinion you couldn’t find a better metaphor for modern culture’s slow destruction of the planet than this remix.
The Independent  declared Paterson one of Britain’s Most Creative Young Talents . Her other works include a phone you could call a glacier with  (and yes, hear it melt), and a “moonbulb,”  built in collaboration with scientists to recreate moonlight.
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URLs in this post:
 Earth growls: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/11/14/terrafon-plays-the-earth-as-an-instrument/
 Langjökull, Snæfellsjökull, Solheimajökull: http://www.katiepaterson.org/icerecords/info.html
 Katie Paterson: http://www.katiepaterson.org/info/works.html
 sounds: http://www.katiepaterson.org/sounds/katie_paterson_icerecord.wav
 Kid n’ Play: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kid_%27n_Play
 The Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/
 Britain’s Most Creative Young Talents: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/features/britains-most-creative-young-talents-1097319.html
 a phone you could call a glacier with: http://www.katiepaterson.org/vatnajokull/info.html
 “moonbulb,”: http://www.katiepaterson.org/moonlight/info.html
 Make: http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2009/12/ice_records_are.html
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