A group of “percussionists” in Siberia have discovered that the one metre thick ice of frozen Lake Baikal is a natural drum with a distinctive sound, going viral with their performance video shot in the brutal minus 20 conditions on the oldest and deepest lake in the world.
The musical potential of the lake was discovered when one of the group fell over walking on it, with leader Natalya Vlasevskaya telling The Siberian Times, “She made a very musical ‘boooooom’ sound – so nice and deep that her husband, who has a very good ear, said ‘Hold on, what was it? How did you make that noise?'”
The 31-year-old architect said the outfit then returned to the exact spot to make the recording. “I felt like we were playing on the drums that Nature has left out for us, alone under the sun on the frozen waters of the world’s most magnificent lake,” said Vlasevskaya.
The group have since been accused of faking the sounds, but Vlasevskaya says she was just lucky to discover the exact spot where the different bits of ice were in harmony with each other:
“This is perhaps what I mean by saying about it being the wonder of nature, that all we had to do was to discover that place, get there, and start playing. Everything else was ready, arranged for the most perfect harmonious sound.”
The exact spot on Lake Baikal is close to the popular tourist island of Olkhon, six hours drive from the group’s home of Irkutsk.
Watch: Baikal Ice Live Sound
(via The Daily Mail)