STEVE MARSHALL The John Michell Memorial Lecture, hosted by Christine Rhone Voices of the Ancestors: Sounds of Prehistory.
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The John Michell Memorial Lecture, hosted by Christine Rhone
Voices of the Ancestors: Sounds of Prehistory.
Steve Marshall introduces archaeoacoustics. Using a slideshow, video and surround sound, he shows how sound played an important role in the lives of prehistoric people. We hear musical stalactites that were played in a Spanish cave 27,000 years ago, and explore some of Avebury’s strange sound properties. Steve shows how the mystical bull roarer, probably the world’s oldest musical instrument, may have been used to resonate stone tombs such as long barrows, in mind-altering rites of initiation. Sound frequencies too low to hear may still be felt and can affect brainwave activity, producing ‘altered states’. The audience will be able to experience this for themselves, when Steve generates infrasound in the Town Hall!
A professional musician and film composer for most of his life, Steve Marshall worked for a time in the famous BBC Radiophonic Workshop. He now researches and writes on archaeology. Steve’s work appears regularly in Fortean Times and other journals; his new book ‘Exploring Avebury: The Essential Guide’ will be published by The History Press in the spring of 2016. www.exploringavebury.com