Selections from Antarctica, Music from the Ice
Performance by Cheryl E. Leonard and Phillip Greenlief
In conversation with Sarah Cahill
The Resonance series kicked off on October 10, 2013, when composer/instrument builder Cheryl E. Leonard performed Selections from Antarctica: Music from the Ice with Phillip Greenlief. Leonard spent a month at an Antarctic research station in 2009, exploring nearby islands and glaciers, recording natural soundscapes, and collecting objects including rocks, shells, and penguin bones with the idea that they could become musical instruments. She performed several of the pieces she composed from Antarctic sound sources and played many of her collected materials, as well as icicles, kelp, sand, salt, and scientific glassware.
Resonance performances are held in the Exploratorium’s new Kanbar Forum and enlivened by its state-of-the-art, 72-channel Constellation sound system, providing an intimate experience of each event’s sonic details.