CANCELLED!! The Sound of Stonehenge

CANCELLED!! The Sound of Stonehenge

Date: 20 Nov 2012
Time: 18:00

Location: School of Music, University of Leeds
University of Leeds
12 Cavendish Rd

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Due to problems with the venue we have been obliged to postpone this lecture until the New Year. We sincerely apologise to everyone who had planned to attend but we regret that this is entirely outside our control and it is now too late to organise an alternative venue.

Lecture by Dr Bruno Fazenda, Acoustics Research Centre, University of Salford


Stonehenge is the largest and most complex ancient stone circle known to mankind. In its original form, the concentric shape of stone rings would have surrounded an individual both visually and aurally. It is an outdoor space and most archaeological evidence suggests it did not have a roof. However, its large, semi-enclosed structure, with many reflecting surfaces, would have reflected and diffracted sound within the space creating an unusual acoustic field for the Neolithic Man.

This presentation describes acoustic measurement studies taken at the Stonehenge site in the United Kingdom and at a full size and fully reconstructed replica site in Washington State, USA. The aim of the research is to understand the acoustics of this famous stone circle and discuss whether it would have had striking effects.

Features of the acoustic response and state of the art modelling will be presented and used to discuss the existence or otherwise of audible effects such as flutter echoes, low frequency resonances and whispering gallery effects. A description of an auralisation system based on Ambisonic and wave field synthesis technology will be given. A stereo rendition of the sound of Stonehenge will then be presented to the audience.

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