Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Brittish Antarctic Survey do Live Earth : Nunatak Play Rothera

"You've got to remember, although we've got a very big following within the British Antarctic Survey (BAS)— and in particular, Rothera station — we may not have the worldwide renown that some of the other acts have,"
So says Tristan Thorne, fiddler for Nunatak and soon to be international superstar.
Nunatek have been 'selected' to represent antarctica this saturday for Live Earth. I use inverted commas around selected as at this time of year you cant get in or out of Rothera station, and there are Nunatek and 17 other scientists so the selection process wasnt to difficult.

Apparently Al Gore has known the head of BAS for some time so the request fell upon
sympathetic ears. And in terms of an opportunity to promote climate sicence there arent
many opportunities like this!

Director of BAS, Professor Chris Rapley, CBE said,

The need to reduce our carbon emissions to avoid serious climate change is one of the greatest challenges humans have had to confront – is a complex issue that will only be solved by us all working together – scientists, politicians and society. Right now, Antarctic scientists and our colleagues in the Arctic are taking part in International Polar Year - the biggest ever globally co-ordinated research effort – to help find the way forward. Hopefully, Live Earth will make a real difference in public awareness and attract talented young people to become scientists – it’s a cool job with a real purpose. I am looking forward to Nunatak’s appearance in the Live Earth concert inspiring young people the world over.”

Tristan was recently interviewed on NPR, that 5 minute interview can be listened to here.

Finally, it wulddnt be right to talk about BAS without mentioning the International Polar Year, a huge collaborative year of focused scientific research that draws on researchers from all around the world. Perhaps the largest scientific applied research project ever undertaken.

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At 8:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unknown Antarctica band joins Live Earth megastars
Thu 5 Jul 2007, 11:53 GMT
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By Mike Collett-White

LONDON, July 5 (Reuters) - Nunatak, an unknown rock band from Antarctica, is about to become famous.

However brief its moment in the limelight, the group comprising two engineers, a marine biologist, a meteorologist and a polar guide will be watched by millions around the world when it appears as part of the Live Earth concerts on Saturday.

Billed as the "coolest gig in Live Earth", the outdoor performance at the British Antarctic Survey's Rothera Research Station will be pre-recorded and broadcast on the day on television, the Internet and possibly at the gigs themselves.

While rock royalty like Madonna struts her stuff before a live audience of up to 90,000 at London's Wembley Stadium, Nunatak can expect to perform in front of 17 colleagues braving the freezing temperatures of a Southern Hemisphere winter.

"At the moment we have had a sudden drop in temperature -- it is minus 18 degrees (Celsius) outside," Matt Balmer, lead singer of the band, told Reuters by telephone from Antarctica.

"You've just got to be very quick getting the songs done."

The 22-year-old engineer said he and his fellow musicians had been rehearsing in the last few days and would record the performance on Thursday or Friday, in time for Saturday's event.

"It's quite daunting in a way, but on the other hand we don't have TV and that much media really," he said.

"What we see is through the Internet. It's hard to understand how much hype is going on. When we play there are 17 people on the base, so it's just a bit of fun really and hard to get the bigger picture."


Live Earth will air two songs by Nunatak performed against a backdrop of icebergs, mountains, and sea.

Organisers hope the series of concerts across the world will attract a global audience of up to two billion people, raise awareness about climate change and encourage people to alter their lifestyles to help the environment.

Balmer said it was an issue close to his heart.

"I was very passionate about it when I came down here to work," he explained. "People have to start to understand it more and the more scientists can understand the more quickly we can put measures in place to prevent it."

Nunatak's performance means that Al Gore, the former U.S. vice president spearheading Live Earth, can deliver on his promise to hold at least one gig on every continent.

The concerts are to be held in Sydney, Tokyo, Shanghai, London, Hamburg Johannesburg and New York. A concert in Rio De Janeiro is under threat due to security concerns.

Nunatak gets it name from a Greenlandic word which means an exposed summit of a ridge mountain or peak within an ice field or glacier.

The British Antarctic Survey says temperatures in the western part of the Antarctic Peninsula have risen by nearly three degrees Celsius during the last 50 years, several times the global average and matched only by Alaska and Siberia.

At 5:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great music and cool backdrop and cool for who you guys are!!

Do you have a my space page?

Patricia Metal Goddess Kellogg


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