Stonehenge Ritual Sound
This project has combined 3D modelling, music and sound to create a phenomenological experience. It has used a digital 3D graphical model of Stonehenge to create an acoustic model of its soundfield. Study of this acoustic model, as well as a wider forensic study of the acoustics of the site, has been used to derive musical and sonic content, which has provided the basis of this compositional work. This has included tempo derived from echoes, reverberant field built from a calculated impulse response, and filtering and timbral information extrapolated from resonances. In addition maps of acoustic parameters such as envelopment (LG80) have allowed us to predict positioning of participants. Such information has been combined with what we know from archaeological, ethnographic and other sources, to try and recreate an ecological perspective akin to what might have happened at a ritual at Stonehenge in prehistory. This is experimental multimedia archaeology.
Rupert Till is a Senior Lecturer in Music Technology at the University of Huddersfield. As a composer he has released a number of recordings, and has written music for a number of films. He has over 20 years of experience as a composer, performer and producer. His muscilogical work includes a recent book ŒPop Cult¹ published by Continuum. His work on the Sounds of Stonehenge has been published by Archaeopress and Journal@IASPM.Having led a research network on the Acoustics and Music of British Prehistory he is now editing a book of the same name. R.Till@hud.ac.uk
Ertu Unver is a senior lecturer and specialist in 3D Design contributing on Product Design and Transport Design courses. He is a Mechanical Engineer and computer programmer and has worked collaboratively as a software developer and 3D modeler on a range of internationally exhibited research projects ‘Post Industrial Manufacturing Systems’, ‘Future Factories’ and ‘AutoMAKE’. Blending code with 3D design, his work focuses on the random and customisable generation and mutation of product designs and the building of complex craft forms within user specified 3D meshes. E.firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew Taylor is a Senior Lecturer in Design at the University of Huddersfield. and is also currently undertaking a PhD. His recent work explores experimental approaches to learning and teaching, which attempt to make space for the diverse experience, and tacit skills of the learner through, and around the use of real spaces, and 3D virtual interactive tools and virtual environments. Both his individual and collaborative research has been published in art & design journals and he has presented widely at UK, and at international art, design & architecture conferences. His industrial experience includes work as a design colourist and textile designer, and materials innovation and production. A.Taylor2@hud.ac.uk