Californian composer Cheryl Leonard makes music from rocks, icicles, penguin bones and other natural objects.
In the 21st century, it’s pretty safe to say that we’ve exhausted the potential of conventional instrumentation. And it’s seemingly that spirit that propels the work of Cheryl Leonard. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, she’s created her own musical language—a symphonic assemblage of objects taken from the natural world. It’s pretty amazing what kind of compositions she can create with just rocks, shells, bones and icicles.
There’s an oddly meditative quality to her work that reflects the desolate spaces she collects her materials from: glaciers, arctic regions and forlorn Northern California coastlines. Watch the video above to learn more about her unusual project, and how she’s using her work to warn people about global warming.
For more unusual approaches to music, check out this computer junk orchestra.