Ethnobeat

Have you seen this? 25 million-year-old lake is nature’s finest drum kit

By Martha Ostergar | Posted - Jan. 24, 2014 at 1:17 p.m.



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EASTERN SIBERIA (no joke) — Imagine you’re on a daytrip to a frozen lake in Eastern Siberia on a sunny, -4 degree day. (Fun, right?) Now image your wife falls on the ice and you hear a deep, majestic resonation come up from the ice that thrills you to your bones.

Luckily, the husband who heard that sound belongs to a percussionist group called Ethnobeat.

Sometime after that daytrip, members of Ethnobeat travelled back to that same spot, and this one-of-a-kind jam session video was born.

The video was filmed on Lake Baikal, which happens to be the most voluminous freshwater lake in the world. Experts believe it holds 20 percent of the world’s unfrozen, fresh water.

But wait, there’s more!

The Lake is also believed to be the oldest lake in the world with 25 million years under it’s belt; the deepest lake in the world at 5,387 feet (the bottom is 3,893 feet below sea level), and one of the clearest lakes in the world.

If all that weren’t awe-inspiring enough, it turns out that a small area of the lake, in a spot that is only about 16 feet deep, is also nature’s finest drum kit.

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In fact, after some experimentation, the members of Ethnobeat found this area was the only spot nearby that was making such deep resonations with as many varied sounds when percussed.

I have to admit, the sounds the ice makes are almost as unbelievable as Ethnobeat’s good luck in literally stumbling onto the seemingly magical spot.

Watch and listen as the group taps, thumps and crunches its way into the Winter Wonderland Hall of Fame.

The members of Ethnobeat that appear in this video are all from Irkusk, Russia, and include Natalia Vlasevskiy, 31;Efim Viktorov, 21; Tatiana Epifantseva, 41; and Anna Isaikina 25.

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