Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Melting Point on BBC Radio 3 21.11.09 @ 21.30

'like snowflakes dropping gently in your ears'

'Melting Point' is on BBC Radio 3 - Saturday 21st November at 21:30, I think it will be on iPlayer for a week after transmission

Here's a link

A composed feature by Nina Perry exploring the environmental, cultural and musical significance of the icy landscapes of Greenland, Iceland and the Highlands of Scotland. Featuring the words of an Icelandic writer, a Greenlandic fisherman, a drama therapist and an ice-climbing fiddle-playing mountain rescuer interwoven with spectacular recordings of the ice sheet
as it calves and a specially composed musical soundscape.

Here's a review from the radio times:

'Steering clear of icebergs that look like fairy-tale castles and listening to your feet while climbing snowy mountains are two of the life lessons dispensed in this lyrical evocation of the harsh landscapes of Iceland, Greenland and the Scottish Highlands. You'll also learn the different gradations of ice, hear a wonderful imagining of ancient faces in melting glaciers, and be left tearful by the recitation of the bleakest lullaby you'll ever hear. The soundscape of the haunting rumblings and the tinklings of shifting glaciers,with elegiac folk music adding to the ethereal effect, is like snowflakes dropping gently in your ears' David Crawford - Radio Times