The tones of ancient stones

Music Science

Here’s an lecture by acoustic archaeologist Paul Devereux detailing some of his research into the sound made by the rocks of ancient cave-dwellings. Interesting info – I wasn’t aware of the sonic potential of “rock on rock” percussion.

10 thoughts on “The tones of ancient stones

  1. Anonymous says:

    hahaha, What’s up Doc?

    From IMDB:

    “Mild mannered Dr. Howard Bannister is a professor of musicology at the Ames Conservatory of Music in Ames, Iowa. With his straight laced and controlling fiancée Eunice Burns, Howard is in San Francisco to attend the Congress of American Musicologists convention hosted by Frederick Larrabee. The Larrabee Foundation has shortlisted two finalists for the $20,000 Larrabee Grant, the two being pompous Hugh Simon and Howard, whose research involves prehistoric man making music with igneous rocks.”

  2. Dave Bell says:

    Life imitating art?
    Or t’other way around?

    c.f.: Howard Bannister (Ryan O’Neal), 1972

  3. Adam Hodge says:

    “acoustic archaeologist” ?? If I’d known there was such a profession, I’d have been that when I grew up! (^_^)

  4. Collin Cunningham says:

    @Adam – tell me about it! I don’t think I could come up with many awesomer job titles.
    (hmmm … improvisational neuro-electicmusicologist?)

  5. Michael Fusion says:

    noted as the world’s largest musical instrument

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