Concert installation for 8 to 32 loudspeakers, glacier and orchestra
By 2050, half of the glaciers in the Alps will have melted. However, the ice masses still crackle, tingle, groan, trickle, squeak, gurgle and roar. The manifold acoustic expressions of the shrinking colossi were monitored and recorded by means of underwater and contact microphones: the crunching of over-freezing surfaces, the finely structured dripping, the rumbling ice cascades, the gurgling of the meltwater... In its concert installation "Glacier Tongues", the Chuchchepati Orchestra, with drums, double bass, records and loudspeakers, enters into a dialogue with the glacier and its various aggregate states, immersing the audience in an unheard-of world of sound.
Field recordings of the glacier:
ETH Zurich, Institute of Landscape Architecture, Chair Christoph Girot.