eco-musician, composer, speaker, global traveler
eco-musician, composer, speaker, global traveler

Glenn McClure travels the world, seeking the musical voice of the Earth. He listens to the natural world and the people who study it and live within it. From camping on the Ross Ice Shelf of Antarctica to hiking the Volcanos of Hawai’i, Glenn searches for the place where science and beauty meet. His music and inspirational speeches energize those who care for the planet.

He currently serves as a faculty member at Paul Smiths College. His compositions have enjoyed a wide audience in the US and abroad.

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Every Lightning Strike

Every Lightning Strike

Nov 22 My friend Yuki Takahashi let me tag along today on his daily trip to the top of McMurdo called “Arrival Heights.” It was a pretty brutal place. Today, this snow covered, lunar landscape boasted sustained winds of about 30 mph and gusts up to 60 mph. Yuki monitors six projects for scientists all…

Lectures and Concerts

Lectures and Concerts

November 20, 2016  The temperature soared over the couple of days to the low 20s Fahrenheit and some snow started to melt in the warmer spots at McMurdo. Worries of tracking volcanic mud into the dorms were quickly forgotten as the temperature dropped and the snow arrived yesterday. The station is hunkered down today with…

Open Mike Night at the Seal Beach

Open Mike Night at the Seal Beach

Nov 17, 2016 I spent the day out on the snowmobiles with Elaine and fellow NSF Artist and Writer, Maris Wicks. Maris is a science cartoonist (www.mariswicks.com). While I was recording their voices, Maris was sketching. The Weddell seals make a wide range of sounds both above and below water. Everything from guttural growls and…

A Symphony of Penguins

A Symphony of Penguins

November 15, 2016 I spent a day with the penguins yesterday. After a short helicopter ride with Elaine and the science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson, we arrived at Cape Royds. This is home to another early 20th century hut used by the explorer Ernest Shackleton. It is also home to a penguin rookery of about…

The Hut and the Iceberg

The Hut and the Iceberg

Monday Nov 7, 2016 Elaine Hood, a former History professor gave me an excellent guided tour of the Discovery Hut today. The hut was originally built by Robert Falcon Scott’s team during his 1902 expedition. Shackleton was on that voyage too. Scott sent Shackleton home before they arrived at the South Pole because of sickness….

Seals, Songwriters and Secretaries of State

Seals, Songwriters and Secretaries of State

Nov 4, 2016 As the temperature rises in the Antarctic Spring, the Weddell Seals chew holes through the sea ice to sun themselves and their pups. On a clear day like today, their tear drop-shaped bodies standout like giant slugs lying on miles and miles of sea ice. They like to recline on their backs,…


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