Stonehenge Replica, Maryhill, USA
What was the acoustic like within Stonehenge thousands of years ago? It is difficult to get an impression at the real Stonehenge because too many stones are missing or have been moved. However, a trip to this complete replica in the USA gives a reasonable impression of the old site. The replica was built as a monument to those who died in World War 1. Although made from concrete rather than stone, the acoustic within the cirlce is probably a reasonable rendition of the original.
The effect of the stones can be heard by comparing these two recordings. The first is a recording of clapping away from the standing stones out in the open:
And the second a recording of clapping within the stone circle.
The sound can be heard to ring and reverberate within the stone circle – it is surprising how long each clap rings for, considering there is no ceiling on the stone circle to stop the sound disappearing into the sky.
Rupert Till explores how a drum beat is changed by the stonecircle.