Music From The Ice

My friend Cheryl Leonard is in Antarctica making music now. I love her previous project “Instruments In Trees” (pictured above). Here’s her new project:

Greetings from the Southern Hemisphere!

I am writing to you from Punta Arenas, Chile where I am about to board a ship to sail to Antarctica. I’m headed to Palmer Research Station on the Antarctic Peninsula and will be spending the next month or so there making music there with natural sounds and materials. I am one of eight artists who have been awarded grants this year from the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artists and Writers Program and I’m really excited to have this great opportunity to live and work and play at the bottom of the world.

I have started a blog for my project and will be posting stories, sounds, photos and video there while I am in Antarctica. Check it out if you want to see what New Year’s Eve is like on a research icebreaker crossing the Drake Passage (aka the roughest seas in the world), whether or not whales eat my hydrophones, and whatever else ensues on my adventure.

I will also be posting weekly project updates on Electronic Musician Magazine’s blog (aka The Bus), so you might want to peruse that as well. I will be posting different material on each site.

Happy 2009 to you all. Icebergs ho!


Posted on January 2, 2009 in Arts

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