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    Stonehenge: One Totally Awesome Rave Location
    Stone circle's acoustics are ideal for listening to repetitive trance
    By Rossella Lorenzi
    updated 1 hour, 7 minutes ago

    Good times in ancient times
    We may practice debauchery like we invented it, but ancient peoples
    knew how to party long before we were born.

    Stonehenge was built as a dance arena for prehistoric “samba-style”
    raves, according to a study of the acoustics of the 5,000-year-old
    stone circle.

    Using cutting-edge technology, Rupert Till, an expert in acoustics and
    music technology at Huddersfield University in northern England,
    discovered that Stonehenge's megaliths reflect sound perfectly, making
    the stone circle an ideal setting for listening to repetitive trance

    Till and colleague Bruno Fazenda first carried out mathematical
    analysis of the archaeological site to make predictions of its
    acoustic effects. Their aim was to look at Stonehenge as it was
    thousands of years ago, rather than limit their work to the remaining
    acoustic properties of the semi-collapsed site.
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    “We visited a full-size concrete replica of Stonehenge at Maryhill in
    Washington state. The model was built as a war memorial and has all
    original stones intact, so it was possible to carry out some acoustic
    tests,” Till told Discovery News.

    Using specialized acoustics software, the researchers compared results
    from their own calculations, computer simulations, and tests conducted
    at the concrete Stonehenge replica.

    “Finally, we were able to create examples of what the space sounded
    like.” Till said. “Echoes in the space indicate that there might have
    been rhythmic music played.”

    Till speculated that most likely Stonehenge's music consisted of a
    simple rhythm played in time to the echoes in the space, at the same
    tempo as the echo, or at a multiple of it.

    “This would be at a tempo of about 160 beats per minute, a fast tempo.
    It is interesting that this is the tempo of fast trance music, of
    samba…It is at the top of the range of musical tempos. It is also at
    the top end of the range of the human heartbeat, the same as the heart
    might beat if you were doing really vigorous exercise, or dancing
    really energetically,” Till said.

    Located in the county of Wiltshire, at the center of England's densest
    complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments, Stonehenge consists of
    the remnants of a mysterious circle of large standing stones built
    between 3000 B.C. and 1600 B.C.

    The prehistoric monument has long baffled archaeologists, who still
    argue over its original purpose, with two main theories taking shape
    in recent years.

    “One is that it was a healing space, the other that it was a place of
    the dead. Both theories imply ritual activity. And rituals almost
    always involve music as a key element,” Till said.

    According to Till, who has also reproduced the sound of someone
    speaking or clapping in Stonehenge 5,000 years ago, particular spots
    at the site produce unusual acoustic effects, suggesting that perhaps
    a priest or a shaman may have stood there, leading the ritual.

    Till's research ties in with previous studies carried out by Aaron
    Watson, an artist and archaeologist who specializes in the study of
    Neolithic monuments.

    Watson's research strongly suggested that the monument's builders knew
    how to direct the movement of sound. Indeed, the stones at Stonehenge
    amplify higher-frequency sounds, such as the human voice, while lower-
    frequency sounds such as drums pass around the stones and can be heard
    for some distance.

    The effect would have been a “dynamic multisensory experiences,”
    according to Watson.

    “An audience outside the monument could not have clearly seen or heard
    events within, perhaps creating a sense of mystery. In contrast, an
    audience occupying the confined interior of Stonehenge would have
    heard amplified sounds,” Watson wrote on his Web site.
    (c) 2009 Discovery Channel

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    there's this one picture I found on google… I'll have to dig it up.

    edit, that was quick:

    On the night of the Summer Solstice, large numbers of people gather at Stonehenge to celebrate the rising sun. Throughout the night, revelers dance amoungst the stones to the sound of a chorus of drums. At times the celebration resembles an acoustic drum-n-bass rave.

    The central stones of the henge are called the 'Bluestones' although in natural light they appear more grey. During the night of the Summer Solstice, they are floodlit (partly for safety reasons) turning them a deep blue colour. The moon can also seen setting in the background.

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    That'd be such an awesome location for a party.

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    I agree…

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    ;D ;D

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    That'd be such an awesome location for a party.

    Build a replica, do it at Burning Man  ;D

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    Build a replica, do it at Burning Man  ;D

    There was a [email protected] in 2004 that looked “kinda” like it …

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    Build a replica, do it at Burning Man  ;D

    heh do it in my backyard instead….

    the neighbors, “Whats that hippie up to?……… that Stonehenge?!?”

    #223560 Reply

    hell yeah, great post!!! i love this!

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