Hengescape 1

This track begins with Professor Chill’s friend Ben moving in to rent a room in the building that houses his studio. As Ben’s an archaeologist, who was working at the time digging at Stonehenge stone circle, the conversation inevitably turned late one might to the subject of Stonehenge’s acoustics.

A lot of complex maths later, it seems that Stonehenge sounded pretty cool 4500 years ago, when it was finished and intact; Hengescape takes you back there.

Clicks represent infrasound, vibrations below human musical perception; birds sing in a computer model of Stonehenge’s acoustics, fluttering echoes enfolding you within the circle of Sarsen stone megaliths.

Stonehenge audio model

Wind blowing over the stone circle like a giant bottle produces a low frequency drone at 47Hz, a circular mode commented on by Thomas Hardy in Tess as a Booming Tune. And the distance from Heel Stone to

Computer Reconstruction of Stonehenge 2200BC

Altar Stone generates a rhythm tapped out on a reconstruction of a Sami Shaman’s drum. Unlike the sublime beauty of most of Professor Chill’s Dub Archaology album, this track has a close tension, a nervous presence to contrast with the rest of the cuts.

You can visit Sounds of Stonehenge, Professor Chill’s page about the acoustics of Stonehenge, or watch video footage that shows what Stonehenge looked like in the past.

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