The title of this post is the pithy summary of the Professor’s Ice Opera which was offered by a valued colleague. I’m delighted to report that Scottish Opera have given a green light to the Professorial project, which in its present form is a short piece with two voices (there was a longer and more complicated version, which may yet happen, for which I suggested the title Five Go Mad in the Arctic). Anyway, the piece now under construction involved the Professor, a composer who does tunes, and another composer who does soundscapes. We spent a gripping evening not so long ago listening to ‘Arctic Wind 1-10′, ‘Creaking Ice Floe 1-6′ and so on, deciding which of various recordings of the natural noises of the arctic sounded spookiest. The Soundscapist will use these to create an auditory context which should with any luck have the audience scrabbling for their coats within the first five minutes. We are delighted about this — it’s the first of our various projects, in this year of recession, to have actually achieved lift off.