As an amateur sound engineer, I’m always on the lookout for cool sounds, as well as interesting ways to make them. It never occurred to me that you could get such a diverse set of sounds simply from manipulating ice in different ways.

This video is a mix from the IRKUTSK ethnic percussion group, playing panels of ice from Lake Baikal, in south-east Siberia (the oldest and deepest lake in the world).

Though possibly the least “musical,” my favorite sound in the video is the shattering of a large sheet at 2:03. It has such an incredible sonic texture, and I was impressed with the fact that, especially listening with headphones, some of the 3D information was preserved in the recording. I almost feel like I can hear which shards spread left and right, a feat I’m constantly struggling with in my own recordings.