Noisy ice

April 12th, 2010

Composer and sound artist Andreas Bick likes listening to ice:

I made this sound recording of a frozen lake in the winter of 2005/06 in the area around Berlin. Frozen lakes are known to give off most noise during major fluctuations in temperature: the ice expands or contracts, and the resulting tension in the ice causes cracks to appear. Due to the changes in temperature, the hours of morning and evening are usually the best times to hear these sounds. In my experience, thin ice is especially interesting for acoustic phenomena; it is more elastic and sounds are propagated better across the surface. Snowfall, on the other hand, has a muffling effect and the sound can only travel to a limited extent. [...]

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Surface Tension

June 8th, 2009

Nick Cobbing's Surface Tension collects a series of strikingly beautiful photographs of the Greenland ice shelf.

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