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Ice Drumming Has a Surprisingly Unique and Pleasant Sound

Rebecca OConnell

When the conditions are just right, Lake Baikal—the world's deepest and largest freshwater lake—doubles as an enormous bongo drum. Russian percussion group Ethnobeat discovered a spot on the frozen lake that produces steel drum-like sounds when played in the -20 degree Celsius (-4 degrees Fahrenheit) weather. The musical potential was discovered by accident when one of the drummers' wives fell on the ice. The resulting boom was so enticing that they all began to drum, making pleasant beats with their hands and by using chunks of ice as drumsticks. As you'll see in the video above, despite the frigid temperatures, the frozen landscape becomes almost tropical when accompanied by the sweet percussive sounds. 

[h/t: The Kid Should See This]