07 May, 2021

Terje Isungset

The musician talks about his discovery of ice as a musical instrument and its signature sounds

Terje Isungset

How did you come across ice music?

I have used different elements­—stones, wood, metal, bells. In 1999 I was asked to perform in a frozen waterfall, and I decided to use all elements there—even ice!

Do you think ice music fits into the traditional music industry?

Yes, the music industry is one of the most dynamic industries, and there are lots of options for dealing with ice music.

Your favourite song in ice music?

It is a song called A Glimpse of Light.

How different are sounds produced by ice instruments?

Like all others they blow, hit, scratch, but are more fragile. Ice instruments produce a melody that is truly yours.

What are your views on Indian classical music?

I greatly respect traditional Indian music. No other country has so many well-educated traditional musicians.

Do you think Indian sounds can be produced by your instruments?

With ice music we don’t...

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