The first time I saw it, I found it so extremely beautiful, both visually and the sound.
>> Terje Isungset's instruments have traveled from Norway to London. He's tuning them ahead of a concert.>> It's a little bit high.>> They are all made of ice, and he is the world's only ice musician.>>
lot of the ice comes from Norwegian rivers and lakes near where Terje grew up. But he's also sourced his raw material from all over the world, including Australia and Japan.>> He says, while some ice makes no sound at all, some can sound beautiful, especially if it's pure.
>> Terje sculpts them using chain saws and pick axes, applying layers of thin leather to the mouthpiece to stop his lips from sticking to the ice. Time on stage is limited. Any more than 50 minutes of room temperature could damage the instruments. He also plays at up to 50 ice festivals a year, from the Canadian arctic to Scandinavian glaciers to the Russian tundra.
At those, melting is less of a problem given temperatures can reach minus 40 Celsius.
>> If ice is from polluted water, it doesn't sound that good. If it is tap water, doesn't work because there's also some chemicals inside of it.
en I can see the new ice that is being harvested. 2003 north of Sweden is the best year.
I'm very interested in that ice.>> But for Terje, it's not about just making and playing music, but also displaying the beauty and fragility of ice. He hopes his cool instruments can strike a chord over global warming.