Stonehenge was a ‘neolithic rave venue’. Paul Oakenfold has become the first DJ to play a set at the ancient Stonehenge monument in Wiltshire.

14 09 2018

DJ Paul Oakenfold plays set at Stonehenge Stone Circle

The trance DJ, who has spent his summer working in Ibiza, performed his set at the World Heritage Site on Thursday – a closely guarded secret.

Just 50 people were allowed to attend the event which happened as the sun went down.

“I’m very lucky to get asked to perform and do a live show to sunset,” Oakenfold told the BBC.

Paul Oakenfold is the first DJ to play at Stonehenge - BBC

Paul Oakenfold is the first DJ to play at Stonehenge – BBC

The DJ, who has previously played at venues including the Great Wall of China and Base Camp at Mount Everest, admitted there had been “a lot of preparation”.
Read the full story on the BBC website

Stonehenge was a ‘neolithic rave venue’ (Daily Mail)

Mysterious Stonehenge was a dance arena for ancient revellers listening to ‘trance-style’ music, according to one professor who is an expert in sound.

Part-time DJ Dr Till, an expert in acoustics and music technology at  Huddersfield University, believes the standing stones of  Stonehenge had the ideal acoustics to amplify a ‘repetitive trance rhythm’ not  dissimilar to some kinds of modern trance music.

The original Stonehenge probably had a ‘very pleasant, almost concert-like acoustic’ that our ancestors slowly perfected over many generations.  Because Stonehenge itself is partially collapsed, Dr Till, used a computer model to conduct experiments in sound.

The most exciting discoveries came when he and colleague Dr Bruno Fazenda  visited a full-size concrete replica of Stonehenge, which was built as a war memorial by American road builder Sam Hill at Maryhill in Washington state.

He said: ‘We were able to get some interesting results when we visited the  replica by using computer-based acoustic analysis software, a 3D soundfield  microphone, a dodecahedronic (12-faced) speaker, and a huge bass speaker.

‘We have also been able to reproduce the sound of someone speaking or clapping  in Stonehenge 5,000 years ago.

‘The most interesting thing is we managed to get the whole space (at Maryhill)  to resonate, almost like a wine glass will ring if you run a finger round it.

‘While that was happening a simple drum beat sounded incredibly dramatic. The  space had real character; it felt that we had gone somewhere special.’
Read the full story in the Daily Mail

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