Haunting. I mean, literally. A week after receiving the tape, I received a strange envelope full of slightly disturbing ephemera. It's like the spirits of the stones are pursuing me...
Favorite track: The Stone Tapes - Avebury - 06 West Kennet Ritual.
We first met George Albert Wilberforce when he was living across the street from our studio in a council estate bungalow. He’s an old man now and hardly goes anywhere beyond the village shop, but he is full of stories of his travels.
Upon learning that we were involved in the field of music and sound production, he gave us a battered cardboard box he said he’d been keeping in his loft. Inside was a series of old electromagnetic tapes, along with some scattered notes.
G.A. Wilberforce had been a researcher of sound phenomena, and the tapes held recordings that he’d made during the course of his travels. Although he no longer wishes to talk about the recordings, from the notes we’ve gleaned that he made them whilst visiting historical sites spread throughout the British Isles.
The curious thing about the tapes is that they were made by recording stone using special modified equipment G.A. had acquired.
Using our modern studio technology, we converted the EMF and atmosphere recordings into control voltages and digital waveforms. We then sent these signals into our collection of modular synthesizers.
We have made the results of this long-forgotten experiment available for others to hear.
Some would say the recorded sounds capture the vestiges of time itself… or are proof of ghosts. We encourage you to make up your own mind on this matter.
–M.P. and K.B.
Equipment used in this project :
Analogue Solutions VCO-Sub, Analogue Solutions EG01 Envelope Generator, Analogue Solutions VU01 VU Meter, Synthrotek ECHO CV Echo, SSSR Labs SM000 Mult2x4, Music Thing Modular Mikrophonie, Mutable Instruments Clouds, Doepfer A-110-1 VCO X2, Doepfer A-110-2 VCO, Doepfer A-106-6 16-Fold Xpander VCF, Doepfer A-120 24dB Low Pass, Doepfer A-103 18dB Low Pass, Doepfer A-114 Dual Ring Modulator, Doepfer A-115 Audio Divider, Doepfer A-116 Voltage Controlled Waveform Processor, Doepfer A-130 Linear Voltage Controlled Amplifier, Doepfer A-131 Exponential Voltage Controlled Amplifier, Doepfer A-140 ADSR Envelope Generator X2, Doepfer A-138a Mixer, Doepfer A-138b X2 Mixer, Doepfer A-170 Slew Limiter, Doepfer A-145 Low Frequency Oscillator, Doepfer A-146 Variable Waveform LFO, Doepfer A-148 Dual Sample and Hold, Doepfer A-118 Noise / Random, Doepfer A-119 Ext.Input / Env.Follower, Doepfer A-160-5 Ratcheting Controller, Doepfer A-180-2 Multiple 2x4 multiple, Doepfer A-183-1 Passive Dual Attenuator, Doepfer A-161 Clock Sequencer, Doepfer A-160 Clock Divider, Doepfer A-156 Dual Quantizer, Doepfer A-180-1 Multiple, Doepfer A-190-1 MIDI-to-CV / Gate/Clock Interface, Doepfer A-138d, Doepfer A-196 PLL, Doepfer A-138d CFX, Doepfer Dark Time, Music Thing Modular Radio Music, Make Noise Mult Passive Multiple, The Harvestman MIGGS Attenuator - Multiples, Pittsburgh Modular Outs (Mk.II), Pittsburgh Modular Mixer, Pittsburgh Modular Multiple. Novation Bass Station II, Roland SH-101, Alesis Microverb 4, Alesis Nano Collection, Zoom RFX-1000, MAM Freebass 383, Akai S5000 Sampler, RNC1773 Compressor, Uoki-Toki Siren, Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Hardwire Pedals, Focusrite Saffire Soundcard, Various Microphones, Ultrapatch, Neutrik Jacks with Van Damme Cabling, Pioneer CT-447, Pioneer, SU-2700, Baldwin Piano, Mobile Phones and Landlines, Sony and Philips Reel to Reel machines, Various Software. Original recordings made by George Albert Wilberforce ( Fictional ), EMR Device By Jim Macarthur ( Fictional )
The Stone Tapes – Avebury
Label: The Stone Tapes ( 001 )
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Wonderfully unsettling album ! Some time ago, whilst cycling to Mundesley, I rather abruptly discovered that I experience an irrational and uncontrollable terror when in the presence of spherical structures. This album takes me there, albeit from the safety of my own armchair. The Bentley Emerald Learning Resource
The mallet percussionist and improviser's solo debut is flush with nostalgic melodies and stirring dissonances—a rich, experimental universe well worth exploring. Bandcamp Album of the Day Jan 15, 2021