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Playing Instruments Made From Ice

August 25, 2019

(gentle orchestral music) – [Tim] An ice instrument has the purity and the clarity of the heavenly realm. It’s not of the earth in the way that a wooden instrument would be. There’s so much potential in
ice as an acoustic material. (classical piano music) My name is Tim Linhart, and I
am the founder of ice music. Ice music is the music that
we make on this orchestra of ice instruments. The idea first came to
me about 21 years ago. I was an ice sculptor for many years. Decided one of my sculptures I’d like to build a giant violin. And I had a friend who
was building guitars and he just asked the question: Gee, I wonder how that one’s gonna sound? And that question has swallowed
much of the rest of my life. The instruments are made of white ice, which is a mixture of snow and water. It’s filled with
snowflakes and air bubbles and all kind of different things going on. To make a single instrument
a violin, or viola here, the ice part takes about five or six days. I can probably build the
whole orchestra, here, in about seven or eight weeks. We have violins, violas,
cellos, bass, guitars, mandolins, banjos, drums, and xylophone. – [Photographer] Hold, hold, grazie. – Ice music is not just classical music or experimental music, it’s a wide variety of different things. This winter we’ll put
on about 45 concerts. The concert hall has a specific design, it’s one giant ice cave. The igloo, right now, is
10 degrees fahrenheit. It’s definitely an issue in ice music that people’s fingers get cold. People play with a variety
of different kinds of gloves. Some people play barehanded,
but for me the temperature is, you know, the thing that I really need to make ice music work. (audience clapping and cheering) So many people just
cannot wrap their brain around a piece of ice making
a sound, or a beautiful sound. When they come in to the ice concert hall, they’re just very, very
pleasantly surprised and that releases a real,
kind of, a high for people. And then, wow, it’s amazing.

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  • Reply Jelly Bean February 25, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    so cool

  • Reply Lillian February 25, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    Why didn't you practice ?
    My instrument melted….

  • Reply Tony Toons February 25, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    The audience was frozen after the performance!

  • Reply Jerry T February 25, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    "Could they play Megalovania?" is the real question here.

  • Reply MemezzyStudio February 26, 2019 at 12:21 am

    Playing instruments from frozen mayonnaise next please.

  • Reply Tom Wilson February 26, 2019 at 12:36 am

    Ling Ling can play an instrument made of air.

  • Reply Tom Wilson February 26, 2019 at 12:37 am

    I N T E R E S T I N G

  • Reply Kerbtube February 26, 2019 at 12:52 am

    Ling Ling workout

  • Reply jerry sneed February 26, 2019 at 1:04 am

    You can’t make a bad pun about these ice instruments, because it would be a really cold pun

  • Reply Up&&&Away February 26, 2019 at 1:15 am

    WEATHER WARNING: Strong chance of ice puns incoming at rapid speeds.

  • Reply Tracy Brooks February 26, 2019 at 1:27 am

    I guess I'm not very impressed because the "drums" are covered in some material that is not ice. the strings are not ice….so really the ice is just holding the parts that actually make the music.

  • Reply Cyclops February 26, 2019 at 1:30 am

    If it gets cold in there they can’t forget they can’t turn on the heater

  • Reply Mr. Toast February 26, 2019 at 1:38 am

    I was going to make an ice pun but that wouldent be COOL

  • Reply Russell from Up February 26, 2019 at 1:47 am

    I guess they were playing the icello

  • Reply Ursa Minor February 26, 2019 at 1:58 am

    Oh my. How wonderful

  • Reply GrandpaSpaceOreo February 26, 2019 at 2:36 am


  • Reply Charles Darwin February 26, 2019 at 2:57 am

    Next showing: Ice Trumpet

  • Reply Jason Peng February 26, 2019 at 3:03 am

    Wait this is a repost

  • Reply Ezekiel Martinez February 26, 2019 at 3:11 am


  • Reply BASStion February 26, 2019 at 3:17 am

    My cat Fenway has a blood clot and is being put down im heart broken please show some love I don’t care about likes I just want people to give me feedback on how to cope with this

  • Reply Vancha March February 26, 2019 at 3:19 am

    Geez. That Tchaikovsky piece sounds TERRIBLE, but the display is pretty cool at least lol

  • Reply Jimi Moso February 26, 2019 at 3:39 am

    The COOLEST instruments literally.  🎻 🎻 🎻

  • Reply The Pro Bro February 26, 2019 at 3:40 am

    Ice Drums??

  • Reply Give me your bank account February 26, 2019 at 3:51 am

    that’s cool

    alright bye

  • Reply Isaac February 26, 2019 at 3:55 am

    illegals can't play on this instrument

  • Reply Marini4 February 26, 2019 at 4:54 am

    Can you make a grand piano OUT OF ICE? Just curious.

  • Reply SushiCSGO February 26, 2019 at 6:02 am

    21 Savage won't play these instuments cuz they ICE

  • Reply Ordinary People February 26, 2019 at 6:11 am

    I guess this is what chill music is all about.

  • Reply Хрупа Хрупов February 26, 2019 at 8:02 am

    honestly, sounds like shit :/

  • Reply Mac Schmidt February 26, 2019 at 8:39 am

    Man this is “Cool” XD

  • Reply Geetika Agarwal February 26, 2019 at 9:30 am

    Do they play Ice Ice Baby tho?

  • Reply maeganne Pequiro February 26, 2019 at 9:30 am

    Stone cold baby.

  • Reply I Hate Click Bait February 26, 2019 at 9:47 am

    We found Ice on the poles of Mars
    Elon Musk :- Your Welcome

  • Reply Hien Pham Thi Thu February 26, 2019 at 10:15 am

    Let’s it gooo , let it gooo , can hold my pee back anymore.

  • Reply Alex February 26, 2019 at 10:19 am

    They say they make private concerts only to the elite snowmen.

  • Reply M4GN3TIC _ February 26, 2019 at 11:54 am

    Imagine it was a piano made out of ice

  • Reply П П February 26, 2019 at 11:56 am

    That's cool

  • Reply asian child February 26, 2019 at 11:56 am

    Viola still sounds bad

  • Reply Misty S February 26, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    Can you actually call it "an entire functional orchestra" without any wind or brass instruments though? All I see is a string orchestra, and while that's still pretty cool, it's not what I think of when I hear the term "entire orchestra". That's what I was really curious about: how in the world you could possibly maintain the structural integrity of an instrument made out of ice that humans had to put their mouths on and blow through?

  • Reply Patricia White February 26, 2019 at 2:52 pm


  • Reply Salsbury710 February 26, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    I disliked this because of all the stupid puns in the comments

  • Reply Mercedes Mendez February 26, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    Wow!!! So cool!!! Me encanta 😘👏👏👏👍

  • Reply daveedpo February 26, 2019 at 4:31 pm


  • Reply Paulo de Tarso Gregorio Pereira February 26, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    Eita mah!

  • Reply Whoozitz myMoozitz February 26, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    How on earth could they possibly stay in tune??

  • Reply cat dog February 26, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    imagine if the guys freezer breaks

  • Reply Julie Ward February 26, 2019 at 6:58 pm


  • Reply Black feline 16 February 26, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    I was kind of disappointed since I thought it was ALL made of Ice… Like the strings

  • Reply PARADOXICLES February 26, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    overdubbing the "ice music" with pre recorded stock music was a fucking stupid idea……….. we came here to hear the ice music….. let us hear it.

  • Reply Clark Smith February 26, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    Now this is cool.

  • Reply Top 10 videos February 26, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    I guess you could say…

    They play music very N-ice-ly…

  • Reply MightyZx February 26, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    Clickbait, the strings are not ice.

  • Reply Flaky 1472 February 26, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    This sorta looks like a Daily Dose of Internet video.

  • Reply Irok 121 February 26, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    Pretty cool

  • Reply 25,000 subscribers 10 Videos February 26, 2019 at 11:35 pm

    Are you the girl from umbrella academy or something

  • Reply CosmicAshley February 27, 2019 at 12:11 am

    next up: using magma as instruments

  • Reply Sad Raindrops February 27, 2019 at 12:16 am

    Vanilla ice

  • Reply SS LOGIC February 27, 2019 at 12:56 am

    Wait a minute, the string us not made of ice. But looks cool, I approve.

  • Reply Yubi K. February 27, 2019 at 1:34 am


  • Reply Driftveilldraws February 27, 2019 at 1:42 am

    when ling ling goes to play in a cold place for a concert and he forgets his instrument but still needs to practice 40 hours every day

  • Reply dtv2031 February 27, 2019 at 1:44 am

    How wonderful.

  • Reply Not a jojo Fan February 27, 2019 at 2:01 am

    Well ain’t that pretty cool

  • Reply Windows Error February 27, 2019 at 3:01 am

    Wouldn't it be really flat?

  • Reply suckitdipwad February 27, 2019 at 3:04 am

    "A giant violin…" You mean a double bass.

  • Reply Holo February 27, 2019 at 6:48 am


  • Reply House -Lannister February 27, 2019 at 8:34 am

    Were they laying the godfather soundtrack.

  • Reply jos timothy February 27, 2019 at 8:51 am

    Well they sound good
    do you sell Online?

  • Reply Matt N. February 27, 2019 at 11:31 am

    If the White Walkers started an orchestra.

  • Reply Rex Paul Namang February 27, 2019 at 11:43 am

    Super cool!

  • Reply Aidan Yfd February 27, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    Another LiNg LiNg's ability?

  • Reply Darius Goh February 27, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    Fake the ice is a paid actor

  • Reply Lorenzo Bonomi February 27, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    I saw this concert!!!!!

  • Reply Yuchan S. February 28, 2019 at 4:28 am

    Wow Those Ice Instruments are really Cool

  • Reply HCP February 28, 2019 at 9:40 am


  • Reply MaiCha MH February 28, 2019 at 9:58 am

    Can Ling Ling practice with this ice violin for 40hours?

  • Reply Nightfury Matthew February 28, 2019 at 10:25 am

    I already don't like the way you talk. I'd prefer to listen to that ice music

  • Reply TheXug February 28, 2019 at 11:21 am

    “Giant violin”
    He wanted to build a freaking cello.

  • Reply Who needs names anyways? March 1, 2019 at 3:48 am

    Global warming happens

  • Reply ChocoGamer March 1, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    Finally someone who mentions violas

  • Reply Albanian Mafia March 2, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    Next video (car made of fuckin lava)

  • Reply myhumbleascension March 2, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    Does it bother only me that we heard what the actual ice instruments sound like for only a couple of seconds, and the rest of the video was backed by some stock music?

  • Reply m.o.e March 3, 2019 at 2:25 am

    They should make a horn instrument with ice. That would be cool.

  • Reply JayGrand March 3, 2019 at 8:33 am

    very cool

  • Reply Sky Houston March 3, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    One word: REVOLUTIONARY!!!!!!!

  • Reply Mackenzy Tolliver March 4, 2019 at 1:25 am

    It sounds cool.

  • Reply Sailadun March 4, 2019 at 2:13 am

    Welp it’s not gonna last long with global warming

  • Reply Person Dos March 4, 2019 at 9:44 pm

    This just seems like a horrible idea.What if the ice melts in a performance and imagine how many instruments they would go through in their ice music career

  • Reply Hanna Halim March 5, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    101 k views

  • Reply Kit Kat March 8, 2019 at 6:04 am

    It would be hard to play an ice violin ;-;

  • Reply ヘンダサンラクラン March 8, 2019 at 8:44 am

    You’d have to refreeze them after every performance

  • Reply La Familia March 9, 2019 at 1:56 am

    What the song called in the beginning ?

  • Reply wendy yu March 10, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    Attention: Twoset Violin

  • Reply Ozge Yeet March 10, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    Person: We have VIOLIN or …violas

  • Reply W0ke Man March 12, 2019 at 3:43 am

    How don’t the strings go out of tune? UwU

  • Reply Otto von Bismarck March 16, 2019 at 5:26 am

    I require an Ice Trombone.

  • Reply Ángel Gómez March 16, 2019 at 8:03 am

    0:04 what is the name of that song pleassee

  • Reply Rami Hamzeh April 10, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    Lol I saw these guys in Passo Tonale

  • Reply Mary Pika April 12, 2019 at 10:14 am


  • Reply Rose Tiara May 1, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    Where can I find ice instrument music?

  • Reply Selin Gökçe August 20, 2019 at 11:38 am

    This sounds so… sharp. No, it literally sounds icy.

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