Professor Chill has visited a number of caves where prehistoric people lived in the past, looking for answers, trying to find out if our ancestors played music, and if so what that music was like.

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This quest was inspired by the work of Iegor Reznikoff, who first proposed that cave dwellers used sound and music to navigate their way around in the darkness, marking positions that sounded especially interesting with increasingly complex paintings. Iegor took Professor Chill to Isturitz cave, a huge cathedral like space with a beautiful resonance. With them was Anna Friederike Potengowski, a Berlin based flautist, formerly part of the famous Berliner Ensemble.


Anna brought with her reconstructions of the 30,000 year old vulture bone flute found in the cave by archaeologists.

There she played Reverie, a piece written by Professor Chill for Anna, which was first released on Edge of Time, an album of bone flute music released on Delphian Records

The reverberation of this cathedral like ambience pulls the listener into a wash of electronic sounds, an ambient soundscape that aims to send the audience back into and out of time, lost in the space of the cave, imagining what it would have been like to sit alone in that cave in the flickering firelight 20000 years ago. The track brings the album Dub Archaeology to a close, fading gently into the distance.

You can visit Songs of the Caves, a website from Professor Chill that explores the acoustics of caves that feature prehistoric paintings, and watch below a video all about a project he led to some caves in Spain below.

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