Got some time on your hands? Wine glasses, stuff to knock? Camera? Happen to be deep in the Southern Hemisphere at the British Antarctic Survey’s Rothera Research Station and your fellow scientists have a winter film festival on? Scientists Rob Webster (music) and Jim Elliot (video) found themselves in that situation, and came up with this rather beautiful creation:

(No need to adjust your set: that opening is silent, as I expect the Rothera Research Station is sometimes.)

It’s all another reminder that musical ideas are all around you, wherever you may be — and sometimes it’s very good to get away from the computer screen.

Also, to those of you constantly complaining about the weather in Berlin – considered Antarctica?

  • Astoundingly creative.

    And good.

  • Wonder Dog

    Absolutely wonderful… I wonder what kind of gear they smuggled down there to record the music…

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  • <blockquote cite="Peter Kirn">…and sometimes it’s very good to get away from the computer screen.

    Get away from people is more like it. 🙂

  • craven moorehead

    that was awesome

  • That was great, I really enjoyed that a lot.

  • Daniel

    That was cool until the real instruments came in. Kinda ruined it for me and lost the point.

  • very cool indeed.

  • This is really beautiful. I feel like there is a signature to "cold music", something about not caring for the middle range and just paying attention to the very high and low timbre sounds.

    The guitar worried me just before it came in, but it was done so sensitively I think it's a natural progression.

    Also: that glass squeak solo is incredible.

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