Norwegian percussionist Terje Isungset recently gave a musical performance amid the ice at Lake Shikotsu in Hokkaido. Isungset is a leading innovator in ice instruments.
Ice instruments break easily and melt quickly, so they cannot be transported. As a result, Isungset always makes the instruments he is to play at a particular concert at the venue.
The most important thing in making ice instruments is the ice itself, which has to be clear and solid without air bubbles, as they may distort the sound emerging from the instrument.
For the concert at Lake Shikotsu, Isungset spent three days making 30 ice instruments, including an ice horn and percussion instruments.
On the concert stage replete with seats and decorations made of ice, Isungset played his own composition, which he envisions as the sound of nature.
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