Ice Sculptures - George Fenton - Frozen Planet (CD, Album)

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Search Search for: Search. Like what you're reading? Sign up for a daily dose of our top stories. Join our list Subscribe to our mailing list and get interesting stuff and updates to your email inbox. Fenton scores it with a real dramatic intensity favouring powerful, snarling low brass and percussion. As usual on the album, intelligent sequencing sees this intense cue followed by a gentle one, "Mother and Calf - The Great Journey", which accompanies a pair of humpback whales on their massive journey from tropical waters to the Arctic - Fenton's hymnal, respectful music is yet another wonderful treat.

Chimes and plucked strings are used to form the colourful atmosphere, joined in "Frog Ballet" by a charming synth croaking noise and beautiful female vocal line. This segues directly into "Jungle Falls", in which Fenton brings back the kind of dramatic majesty he employed for the earlier waterfall sequences.

There's an almost mystical element to "Hunting Chimps", with Fenton creating a kind of otherworldly appreciation for the scene. It is back to more flowing music for "Seasonal Forests", including a gorgeous poem to the great giants of vegetation in "The Redwoods". The beauty of "Seasonal Change" is more elegant and refined, with a touching violin solo one of the highlights of a piece of music which glistens with all the colours of the forest. Fenton Ice Sculptures - George Fenton - Frozen Planet (CD another chance to revisit something he had done before in the "Ice Worlds" episode - he had previously written the score for David Attenborough's Life in the Freezera four-part chronicle of life in the Antarctic - but then he was restricted to all synths, so it's interesting to compare with his approach here.

Unsurprisingly he homes in on the stark beauty of the place with cold harmonies supporting warm melodies - and the penguins provide the light relief, as they usually do, with a further opportunity for gentle comedy. Fenton's music is harrowing and haunting, perhaps the album's most affecting cue. The Album) from the final episode, "Ocean Deep", sees Fenton employing comparatively dark music, for an episode visiting the vast area of our planet which is less-explored than the Moon, the bottom reaches of the oceans.

With surprises aplenty, and so many extraordinary creatures living there which would beffudle even creative science fiction writers, Fenton still had the Album) to sow a rich harvest of musical delights, even if perhaps the most attractive cue is "Life Near the Surface". The final cue, "The Choice is Ours", scores the impassioned plea at the end of the series for us to take care of the wonderful world around us, and Fenton's music is itself full of the same passion.

It's a glorious way to end the album. Mechanically clear ice is usually made as the result of controlling the freezing process by the circulation of the water in the freezing chamber.

This process hopes to eliminate any trapped air Album) binding to the impurities in the freezing process. Certain machines and processes allow for slow freezing and the removal of impurities and therefore are able to produce the clear blocks of ice that are favored by ice carvers. However, not all blocks that are carved are clear ice. White ice blocks look like snow and are sometimes carved. Colored ice blocks are produced by adding dyes to the ice and can be carved as well. In some instances, clear ice and colored ice are combined to create a desired effect.

There are various sizes of ice blocks that are produced artificially. Naturally made blocks can be cut to almost any size from frozen rivers or from "ice quarries," which are essentially lakes or ponds that have frozen over. Large ice blocks must be moved by heavy machinery and are used for large ice sculpting events or as part of an ice hotel. The temperature of the environment affects how quickly the piece must be completed to avoid the effects of melting ; if the sculpting does not take place in a cold environment, then the sculptor must work quickly to finish the piece.

Some sculptures can be completed in as little as ten minutes if the carver is using power tools such as chainsaws and specialty bits fitted to a die grinder. Ice sculptors also use razor-sharp chisels and hand saws that are specifically designed for cutting ice. As various technologies are adapted for use with ice carving, many sculptures are now created largely by machine.

CNC machines and molding systems are now commonly used to create ice sculptures and complicated logos from ice. Color effects are also possible by a number of techniques, including the addition of colored gels or sand to the ice. There are also small schools that teach ice carving. The ice may be turned clear after carving by applying heat from a Propane or Mapp Gas cylinder.

This alters the opaque effect that is obtained when carving. The ice turns clear after the outside is melted. Caution is to be used as the ice Album) very quickly and could soften edges and contours. Sometimes distilled water is used for enhanced clarity. Ice sculptures feature decoratively in some cuisines and may be used to enhance the presentation of foods, especially cold foods such as seafood or sorbets. The story of the creation of the dish Peach Melba recounts that Chef Auguste Escoffier used an ice swan to present the dish.

Cruise ship buffets are also famous for their use of ice sculptures. Ice sculptures are often used at wedding receptions, usually as some form of decoration. Popular subjects for ice sculptures at weddings are hearts, doves, and swans. Swans have a reputation for monogamy, partly accounting for their popularity. Ice sculptures may be used at a bar, in the form of an ice lugeor even the entire bar may be made of ice. Ice sculptures with high surface area like in a radiator can be used to cool air to blow on people during heat wave events when air conditioning is not available.

Ice sculptures, ice walls for fire fighting, property protection and cooling stations may be cast by a process in which ice water one partcrushed ice or ice cubes three parts and tiny, floating, dry ice pellets one part are placed in a cement mixer. The tiny dry ice pellets super cool the ice water so that the ice water acts like glue to cement or freeze the crushed ice or ice cubes together within several seconds once the mixture stops moving within the mold.

Ice sculpture or ice walls may be stopped from melting by placing and keeping vertical voids in the ice sculpture or ice wall filled with the same type of tiny dry ice pellets used to make ice walls by the Icecrete process previously called Cryocrete in a U.

There are a number of international ice and snow sculpting events around the world. The largest events are, understandably, held in countries with cold winters.

Due to land distribution and population densities in the higher latitudes, large ice sculpture events are almost exclusively held in the Northern Hemisphere. A number of countries, some listed below, have established traditions of ice sculpting and have made contributions to the art.

Ice artists from these countries regularly appear at international ice sculpture events. More thankilograms of ice are shipped in for sculptors to work on in the special tents and it runs until January 16, The sculpture festival lasts about three weeks. For the sheer variety of ice sculptures and the number of visitors, the Quebec festival is regarded by some as the best in the world. Each year, about twenty teams are chosen to participate in the competition.

Half of these teams come from Canada and the others come from other countries. Ice sculpting started to become important in Quebec in the s, as traditional sculptors, like Louis Jobinturned their skills on this less permanent medium.

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