Ice, Ice Baby — Katie Paterson’s Ice Records

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Katie Paterson went to Iceland and recorded the sounds of three separate glaciers–Langjökull, Snæfellsjökull, Solheimajökull–and then pressed the dripping noises onto records made from each glacier’s melted (and then re-frozen) ice. She finished by playing the three ice records simultaneously for the two hours it took each to melt. You can listen to one of the recordings here.

Two more stills of the ice records after the break.


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  • Einar Johnson

    So wait, this person flew up to Iceland (nice carbon footprint there) made the recordings, then used a good amount of electricity to freeze the ice, make the records (how this was done would be interesting to know) and then put it out for all to hear. This I see as not being in any way, shape, or sonic form beneficial towards making people more aware of the fact that the glaciers have been, are and will be melting for a long time. Record a faucet dripping and make issue over lack of clean water in third world countries. BTW – Before you fire back, I grew up in Alaska, walked on the glaciers and have huge respect for those that want to do something positive for making people aware of the issues. This I just don't see as being relevant to the discussion.

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  • sam pittman

    there's no indication that she's trying to raise awareness of glacial melting as a social problem. this is art, which can but doesn't have to be political.

  • Joe

    Seriously.
    FU and your footprint, ya sanctimonious cunt. Its art.

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