2016-2017 Science Planning Summaries
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2016-2017 USAP Field Season
Project Detail

Project Title

Music in the ice: Musical interpretation of, and instructional module on, Ross Ice Shelf wave-induced vibrations

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Program Manager:
Ms. Valentine Kass

ASC POC/Implementer:
Judy Shiple / Elaine Hood

Principal Investigator

Mr. Glenn L McClure

State University of New York Geneseo
Geneseo, New York


Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station
Research Locations: On station


Composer Glenn McClure will produce original musical compositions through translation of wave-vibration data into melodies, harmonies, and rhythms. He also will make field recordings of environmental sounds that will accompany the live performances of the resulting musical work. He will accompany the Bromirski (I-348-M) science group, whose work uses wave vibrations (at frequencies below the hearing threshold) to measure the movement of the Ross Ice Sheet as it relates to global warming. McClure’s data-driven musical sketches and field recordings will serve as the foundation for a new choral/orchestral work that transports the wave vibrations detected by Bromirski’s group into the hearing range within a musical narrative that dramatizes the effects of global warming.

Field Season Overview

The composer will deploy to McMurdo Station at the same time as the Bromirski (1246151/I-348-M) team and will take part in USAP field training with them. He will accompany them to a camp on the Ross Ice Shelf (RIS), where he will interview the team, observe them doing their science, and record the sounds of man’s interactions with the ice. He will also spend two or more weeks at McMurdo Station, depending on the time spent at the RIS camp, where he will work on his recordings with the science data provided by Dr. Bromirski, as well as maintain communication, through blogging and Skype sessions, with his class.

Deploying Team Members

  • Glenn McClure (PI)