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Norway’s Ice Music Festival (HBO)

Norway’s Ice Music Festival (HBO)


An ear-splitting new musical event
took place in Norway over the weekend. At the Ice Music Festival,
performers played instruments built exclusively from
naturally harvested ice and snow. Arielle Duhaime-Ross traveled to
the freezing town of Geilo without earplugs to check out some of the world’s
most sincere musicians. — Before the Ice Music Festival can come to life, there’s work to do, and lots of it. The instruments are crafted
over hours, and sometimes days, by sculptors, sound technicians, and musicians. The event, which was first held in 2006, is the brainchild of Terje Isungset, a famous Norwegian jazz percussionist and composer. The idea came to him in 1989,
during a concert in a frozen waterfall. It was then that he first started hitting ice. — A variety of factors can influence
the sound of each instrument, from the ice’s purity, to the venue’s temperature. That uncertainty, combined with the
high likelihood that fingers will freeze, can be hard for any musician. Grzech Piotrowski, a saxophone player
and composer from Poland, is one of the musicians who performed
at the festival’s main showcase. — The concert is in a few hours. How do you feel? — A little bit stressed, because
we are building this huge saxophone, and, actually, soundchecks start in one hour. I never played any notes. I realized that I can’t play more
than maybe 20 or 30 minutes. It’s really, absolutely, extremely cold. So even if I have two gloves,
it’s too hot, so my soprano sax just melts. — So you probably won’t have time to practice. — There is no option to practice, because,
practicing, I will destroy [my] instrument. Each hour, because of different
temperature, the tones goes up or higher. — So you have to be able to adapt. — Yes, we will adapt. — Adapt, he did—with varying results. Ice music probably won’t be
trending on Spotify anytime soon, but, for the crowd at the festival,
it was an otherworldly experience. — I think I am drawn to like odd festivals, and, when I heard they’ve got, like, such
a passion for music and unusual music, that just seemed like the perfect thing to come to. — Didn’t know what to expect. And, yeah, I thought, definitely going to come back again.

28 thoughts on “Norway’s Ice Music Festival (HBO)”

  1. мудилы они и в скандинавии мудилы… это не название.. это значение не делать ничего а получать все… это мудак

  2. Unlike Alberta Canada, Norway has no minimum wage, and gets to keep its oil revenue to help its citizens. They don't suffer nearly as bad socialism as Canada does, hence why they are a utopia of a nation. More Libertarian than leftist.

  3. Look at the crowd freezing sitting there. The sounds & notes sound dreary and flat. How can you groove to that. Vice is always looking for the way out there ideas

  4. as hippie as this shit might be, I gotta respect artists for playing a melting instrument with no sound check. I get that the sounds are unpredictable. pretty fucking chill if you ask me.

  5. I like how they disabled likes/dislikes + comments on the new trans youth documentary.
    Way to go guys, dumping a 30 minute documentary online and then refuse people the ability to discuss it because the snowflakes in office are too afraid of some hateful comments? Something about snowflakes and bubbles.

  6. Vice disabled the comments and like/dislike apparently muh russians where trolling the comment section.

  7. HEY VICE YOU FUCKING PIECES OF SHIT. I SEE YOU FUCKING DISABLED COMMENTS AND THE LIKE BAR FOR YOUR TRANS YOUTH VIDEO. YA FUCKIN PIECES OF SHIT

  8. Flashback to awkward low-energy ambient noise gigs using found objects and audience members trying valiantly to open their minds to it.

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