Frozen Melodies: At Norway Festival

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    Frozen Melodies: At Norway Festival, Ice Music Celebrates Winter

    Icy Instruments Showcase Nature's Most Valuable Resource

    They are instruments that make the sound of winter; the melodies of a frozen orchestra. Under a full winter moon, Norwegian musicians celebrated the season with instruments made of ice.

    Everything about the annual Ice Music Festival in the mountain town of Geilo ("Yi-ee-lo"), Norway, is up to Mother Nature.

    "Nature decides when this festival is going to be because of the full moon," festival creator Terje Isungset said at this year's festival in early February. "It decides the sounds of my instruments because of the quality of the ice."

    "For most people in winter, [the snow and ice] has no value, it's just something you want to get rid of," Isungset said. "But I find a sound, when I find a sound, I try to work with it and create music with it."

    Frozen Melodies: At Norway Festival, Ice Music Celebrates Winter - ABC News
     
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