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Songs of the Stones: an investigation into the musical history and culture of Stonehenge

Till, Rupert (2010) Songs of the Stones: an investigation into the musical history and culture of Stonehenge. IASPM: International Association for the Study of Popular Music Journal, 1 (2). pp. 1-18. ISSN 2079-3871

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    This paper investigates the acoustic culture of Stonehenge, an iconic British prehistoric stone circle. It addresses references to the structure within popular music culture, as well as Thomas Hardy’s discussion of the site. It investigates ritual activities in prehistory from an analytical consideration of its acoustics, using theoretical, digital modeling, physical modeling and field measurement approaches. Stonehenge in prehistory is found to have significant acoustic features that are likely to have had an impact in prehistory. Conclusions are drawn about what we can learn from the similarities between ritualistic musical culture in prehistory and in contemporary popular culture.

    Item Type: Article
    Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
    M Music and Books on Music > M Music
    Schools: School of Music, Humanities and Media
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    Depositing User: Rupert Till
    Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2012 13:30
    Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 16:30


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