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Music, science, animation and imagery brought together telling the story of the life of the Antarctic ice sheet in three parts.
1. isolate: the last 180 million years - other continents move away, ending with Antarctica isolated and the ice sheet forming.
2. grow: the last 30 million years — the ice sheet forms and moves, accompanied by the sounds of icequakes.
3. breathe: the last 0.8 million years — the rise and fall of C02 in ice cores converted to sound and music, with a change at the end reflecting recent conditions.

Full video at youtu.be/iAwHB-yjVGY
Background talk at youtu.be/seDOaPjLlls
Press release at www.bas.ac.uk/media-post/earth-day-2020-the-song-of-the-ice/

“ .... a deep understanding of Antarctica and its journey through eons of geological time ... a rare musical talent to bring that story to life ... an uplifting visual and musical journey .... science changes lives and music changes lives; beware, ‘The Song of the Ice’ is powerful stuff!”
David Vaughan, British Antarctic Survey

“Science, sounds and sights ... a truly remarkable and unique integration of all of them, using the Antarctic Ice Sheet as a unifying theme. After decades of wondering how environmental records from Antarctica would sound if only someone had the vision and inspiration to present them in a way we could hear, now I know. The Song of the Ice is an amazing achievement. Watch and listen; it will take your mind to far-away places and through distant times.”
Andy Smith, British Antarctic Survey


released April 22, 2020

Composed, arranged, performed and recorded by Steve Garrett

Mixed and mastered by Stuart Hamilton and Castlesound Studios, Pencaitland

Antarctic ice sheet data from Dr. Andy Smith, Dr. Sofia-Katerina Kufner and Dr. Robert Mulvaney, British Antarctic Survey

Cover image © Steve Garrett at Rothera Point, Antarctic Peninsula

Digital image processing by Chris Bell

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Steve Garrett Aboyne, UK

Guitarist. Earth scientist. Born London. Lived UK, Antarctica & North America. I call Scotland home.

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