Song of Ice and Water

Community of Sound co-founder Benjamin Mayock got a little ink for this upcoming show. I’m in the ensemble to perform the pieces and very much looking forward to it!

The Hinesburg-based artist explained that he needed the exact right conditions — namely, extreme cold temperatures and little to no snowfall — to capture some of the sounds used in his piece. Specifically, he needed to find a body of water completely frozen over but not covered in snow. He traveled to New Hampshire’s Conway Lake near the Maine border and planted microphones in shallow holes he drilled himself. The mics picked up the “cracking, splitting and laser-gun” sounds made by the lake as the temperature plummeted over the course of two hours.

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