Musician follows in footsteps of Scott
PLYMOUTH composer Julian Broke-Evans has given a new meaning to cool tunes – by creating musical ice flutes in Antarctica.
He spent weeks on the frozen continent installing the tubes and making recordings of them blowing in the wind.
Music created by Plymouth schoolchildren also featured in Julian's deep south expedition.
While there he also recorded the natural sounds of penguins and seals to the south of Mount Erebus, Ross Island.
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In addition, Julian captured the mechanical sounds of mankind at MacMurdo Station, the US base in the Antarctic.
The far south expedition is part of a series of projects which he is working on as part of the 100th anniversary commemorations of Plymouth hero, the polar explorer, Captain Scott.
Before he left, Julian worked with pupils of Stoke Damerel Community College, who composed tunes and created sound messages to play in Antarctica.
Julian's grandfather was the deputy leader of the Scott 1910/12 expedition.
The school link is that Scott grew up in Stoke Damerel. A bust of Scott has pride of place in the foyer of the community college.
As well as setting up the Antarctica 'ice orchestra', Julian is working on three other compositions linked to the centenary, which will play at key locations with Scott connections, including Plymouth, in the run-up to the 100th anniversary of Scott's death in 2012.
Julian is now in New Zealand, his hopping-off point for the Antarctic, where he will be working until the end of February.
But he will be coordinating the music for the centenary events.
Activities in Plymouth include a musical, Great Scott, and a competition for A level music students.
Julian hopes to involve as many people as possible in the music-based commemorations, whether they are professional or amateur musicians or simply inspired or intrigued by Scott's achievements.
Robert Falcon Scott led a scientific discovery mission that was also aimed at sending the first people to the southernmost point on Earth.
Scott and his four companions died in March 1912 on their 1,600-mile return journey across Antarctica on foot from the South Pole.
They battled to the southernmost point only to discover they had been beaten to the pole by Norwegian Roald Amundsen's party.
But the story of their bravery and spirit remains one of the greatest tales in the history of human exploration.
A programme of events marking the 100th anniversary of the death of Scott and his companions includes an international expedition on foot to the party's last campsite, led by Plymouth explorer Antony Jinman.