Our jazz influenced track presents a mini history of continental drift, with various solo instruments representing continents breaking away, including a quiet interlude for the formation of new oceans.
This surfing-style track is a playful portrayal of that warmer time.
This samba is a dance track for a prehistoric tropical Antarctica.
Ernest Shackleton’s 1914-17 Imperial Transantarctic Expedition intended to cross Antarctica from the Weddell Sea to McMurdo Sound. Instead, Shackleton and his crew on the Endurance were stranded in heavy sea ice in the Weddell Sea for over 10 months and never reached continental land. Eventually the ship was crushed by the ice and sank in November 1915. The crew survived for nearly 6 months on the ice floes until the spring melt allowed them to reach Elephant Island with their three lifeboats. The subsequent journey by Shackleton and five others on the open-boat, James Caird, to the island of South Georgia, became an iconic tale of courage, seamanship and good luck. Shackleton eventually rescued all the stranded men on Elephant Island in August 1916.In March 2022, after a search that began in 2019, an international high-tech expedition located and filmed the intact wreck of the Endurance, through the use of underwater submersibles, at a depth of 1.9 miles (3 km) on the floor of the Weddell Sea.
The Weddell Sea is a difficult, icy region and is one of the world’s few ocean areas with deep water masses that is a contributor to the global ocean conveyor belt system. The sea was named after James Weddell, a British captain and sealer. Of note, following his 1822-24 expedition, he wrote in his post expedition book that one of the crew solemnly declared having seen a reddish humanoid mermaid/merman with long green hair, sitting on a coastal rock.Our guitar track imagines a deep, nebulous, undisturbed underwater world as seen through the submersible’s camera lens.
In a completely alternate interpretation, this track pays homage to the brave people of Eastern Europe today, finding their own endurance through the utter devastation of bombs and in refugee camps.
Here we imagine some UFO music, including theremin and backwards guitar, for flying in a saucer over Antarctic icescapes.
In this track we imagine our own mythology of an Antarctic witch, who we see on the side of good, rather than evil.The resulting peaceful track reflects this ethereal, benevolent persona.
Our track imagines stomping along with dinosaurs in a warmer, swampier Antarctica.
Our guitar track twists and twirls through to a hollow earth beneath Antarctica.
In a jazzy style, this track offers a mood of hesitancy and questioning about what we’re doing to ourselves and the resulting fate of the world.
Musical compositions by Valmar Kurol & Michael Stibor © 2022
Samba Antarctica composed by Valmar Kurol and Carole Desmarteau © 2022
The Kind Witch of Antarctica composed by Carole Desmarteau © 2022
Where Goes Antarctic? composed by Carole Desmarteau © 2022
Synthesizer & programming, guitars, arrangements and mixing by Michael Stibor. www.michaelstibor.com
Trumpet solos on Continents Drifting Apart by João Sousa (Portugal)
Mastered by Richard Addison, Trillium Mastering (Montreal, Canada) www.trilliumsound.com
Photographs and track notes by Valmar Kurol
Album graphics by Michael Valcenat
Produced by Valmar Kurol