Build an Ice Xylophone!
Make and play a musical instrument from an unexpected material
Find the icicles that make the sounds and tones you like
Bring friends to jam together
Experiment with sounds as the ice changes shape
Make a visual "recording" on the ice with each mallet stroke
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Step 1: Materials
- sub freezing temperatures
- poorly insulated roof for icicles to form on
- dimensional lumber
- table or saw horses
- mallets- rubber, wood, plastic
- winter gloves
- hand saw
- audio recorder
Step 2: Gather Icicles
Step 3: Set Up Saw Horses
Set up tables or saw horses
Optional: Wrap the lumber in felt
Step 4: Place Icicles
Set two pieces of lumber parallel to each
Place the icicles onto the lumber
Step 5: Play Instrument
Optional: start audio recorder
Play your instrument
Step 6: Observe Marks
Observe the marks of the songs played on the icicles
These are a visual archive of their history
Step 7: Discover Change of Tones Produced
Notice the effect of warmer temperatures on the sounds produced by your instrument
Step 8: Notice Melting, So Long Pagophone!
As Spring approaches, say so long!