Frozen Instruments Played at Swedish Music Festival

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[Tim Linhart] wanted to do something different for this Swedish music festival — so he decided to carve all the instruments by hand, out of ice.

The festival consists of seven bands playing very different musical styles, with over 40 concerts occurring during the festival. [Tim Linhart] has painstakingly carved each instrument from violins to cellos out of individual sheets of ice. He adds strings and fret-boards to complete each piece, and if the temperature goes above zero it’s game over. The concerts are held in a building made of ice to make sure this doesn’t happen.

And since they are built out of layers — he’s also thrown in some RGB LEDs to give the instruments a bit more pizzazz. They actually sound pretty good too!

[Tim] is kinder to his instruments than [Matz Robert Eriksson] was to his ice drums. For some other unconventional instruments, do you remember our controversial piece on Disarm? Turning guns into a mechanized orchestra! Typewriters make interesting instruments as well.

[Thanks Joshua!]

12 thoughts on “Frozen Instruments Played at Swedish Music Festival

  1. He could’ve added a small amount of cotton with the frozen water. It may give the instrument a bit more strength for a longer period of time.

      1. In some of the images, it looks like there’s a structural support down the back of the instrument. But I still don’t understand how the top withstands the pressure on the bridge… unless the bodies are solid ice and the amplification is purely electronic instead of acoustic.

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