Research Cluster for the Investigation of Acoustic and Musical Elements of Prehistoric Archaeological Sites in Britain

Lead Research Organisation: University of Huddersfield
Department Name: Sch of Music Humanities & Media

Abstract

What remains of ancient monuments are architectural fragments which, as John Barrett says, can 'allow us to think through the orientation of the practices which both created that architecture and which were staged within it.' Acoustic analysis is a sonically based architectural analysis that can reveal detail about these practices. Because 'time is collapsed for the archaeological observer', even a partial or fractured understanding of the use of music, acoustics and sound in a space can act to animate the information we have from these architectural fragments. Sound brings the world to life, it can appear to fill spaces, create atmospheres, and have an intense emotive power. It exists in the time domain and can add a third dimension to an otherwise flattened interpretation. Whilst architecture demarcates space, sound demarcates time.

An archaeological study of a physical space is lifeless without an accompanying understanding of the narratives that developed within it. Understanding what Giddens might call time-geographies of space, developing narratives and rites of passage, is important so that we can understand how the users of a space felt about it. In prehistory sound was a primary focus for accumulating knowledge, culture and information, as transmission largely happened using language (the acoustic), rather than writing (the visual). As Marshall Mcluhan has said, 'Among peoples at an 'oral-aural' level of culture to whom writing was unknown, the ear exercised an overwhelming tyranny over the eye.' We can therefore expect to find as much out about the reasons for the layout of a site by investigating its acoustics as by investigating its visual and physical layout, especially in a site that does not seem to be designed for strictly functional purposes such as accommodation or defence. James Gibson has told us that sound gives 'information about the temporal structure of the event that caused it and the vibratory frequency of this event . . . with great precision'. The acoustic environment, as a key focus in prehistory of communication and development within an oral and aural culture, merits as much investigation as the context of the use of bone, stone, metal, wood or ceramics.

As it exists in the time domain acoustics can give us invaluable information about so-called non-material or intangible elements of culture such as music, ritual and religion. 'When it comes to affairs of the soul, of emotion and feeling, or of the 'inwardness' of life, hearing surpasses seeing as understanding goes beyond knowledge, and as faith transcends reason. . . Vision in this conception, defines the self individually in opposition to others; hearing defines the self socially in relation to others.' (Ingold). Both Gibson and Ingold discuss how vision and hearing are not so much disparate as interchangeable, are an active single task of perception, as looking and listening. If we accept 'looking and listening' is together a fused irreducible act of perception then any archaeological analysis of architecture must include analysis of sound. 'Vision, since it is untrained by the subjective experience of light, yields knowledge of the outside world that is rational, detached, analytical and atomistic. Hearing, on the other hand, since it rests on the immediate experience of sound, is said to draw the world into the perceiver, yielding a kind of knowledge that is intuitive, engaged, synthetic and holistic.'

A series of study days will create an interdisciplinary reasearch cluster that will explore the sonic architecture of prehistory. It will involve specialists including those from the fields of archaeology, acoustics, music technology, acoustic modelling, digital modelling, CAVE and RAVE multimedia visual environments, ethnomusicology, archaeoacoustics, music archaeology and anthropology. It will aim to develop research teams and proposals that will develop focused research projects based on particular sites.

Publications

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Title The Edge of Time: Palaeolithic Bone Flutes from France and Germany. 
Description CD/Download/Streaming. 2017. The Edge of Time: Palaeolithic Bone Flutes from France and Germany. European Music Archaeology Project Volume 4. Delphian Records. Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon. Rupert Till Co-producer, Anna Friederike Potengowski - flutes, Georg Wyland Wagner - Percussion. This was an album curated, commissioned and co-produced by Rupert Till, that features bone pipes, flute like instruments or aerophones, which are replicas of Palaeolithic archaeological finds from caves. 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact The album was reviewed by the Guardian newspaper and others, and featured on BBC Radio 3 and elsewhere. It sold over 2000 copies, and resulted in numerous streams and downloads. 
URL http://delphianrecords.co.uk/product-group/the-edge-of-time-palaeolithic-bone-flutes-from-france-ger...
 
Description A key outcome of this project was the creation of a list of relevant research questions, and a methodology and best practice document for sound archaeology field tests. These were both key focus areas of the project, and they are available online. Also availble are a bibliography, list of researchers in the field, and list of relevant links.
Exploitation Route This research will be of relevance to heritage professionals, government agencies and cultural agencies seeking to understand sound- based issues relating to the preservation of heritage sites.
Sectors Creative Economy,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

URL http://www.ambpnetwork.wordpress.com/
 
Description The project's best practice documents have been used in archaeoacoustics and sound archaeology project. The research questions document led to further funding from the AHRC within the Science and Heritage programme. The bibliography has been used by numerous researchers. The website has been viewed 15,543 times to date. The project has increased understanding of the importance of sound within archaeology.
First Year Of Impact 2012
Sector Creative Economy,Education,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural,Societal

 
Description European Music Archaeology Project
Amount € 1,991,899 (EUR)
Funding ID 536370 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 06/2013 
End 06/2018
 
Description European Music Archaeology Project 
Organisation Austrian Academy of Sciences
Department Institute of Ancient Cultural History
PI Contribution The University of Huddersfield / School of Music, Humanities and Media is committed to the Coordinator to co-finance the Project during its five years duration, to the amount of 139.083,00€; in addition, in order to implement the Project, the University of Huddersfield / School of Music, Humanities and Media is committed to the Coordinator and to all other Co-organisers for the following roles and tasks: - Scientific direction and management of the virtual reconstruction of ancient soundscapes; - Twenty-three travels for recording the reconstructions of ancient musical instruments; - Post-production, editing, mastering, and printing of five CDs during theProject period; - Scientific contribution to the development of the Project contents; - Creation of four digital audio-visual display installations for the exhibition; - Management of press, public relations, and advertising related to all local activity; - Organization of symposia on acoustics of ancient sites at the Huddersfield University; - Organization of three concerts in Huddersfield; - Travels to the general Project meetings; - Organization of one general Project meeting in Huddersfield; - Financial administration of all the above listed activities.
Collaborator Contribution Creation of travelling exhibition that is now touring Europe. Arrangement of a number of concerts. The project is focused on music archaeology, and exploring common European ancient musical heritage.
Impact The Edge of Time: Palaeolithic Bone Flutes from France and Germany. European Music Archaeology Project Volume 4. Delphian Records. (forthcoming 2017). (CD and Download). Co-producer. 2016. Soundgate Museum Exhibit. In Archaeomusica Exhibition. Ystad Abbey, Sweden. Artistic Director and Soundtrack Composer. Tour venues include Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Cyprus, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, China. 2016. Interactive Soundgate Museum Exhibit. In Archaeomusica Exhibition. Ystad Abbey, Sweden. Tour venues include Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Cyprus, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, China. 2016. Spellweaving: Ancient Music from the Highlands of Scotland. European Music Archaeology Project Volume 1. Delphian Records. (CD and Download). Co-producer. 2016. Ice and Longboats: Ancient Music of Scandinavia. European Music Archaeology Project Volume 2. Delphian Records. (CD and Download). Co-producer. 2016. Dragon Voices: The Giant Celtic Horns of Ancient Europe. European Music Archaeology Project Volume 3. Delphian Records. (CD and Download). Co-producer. 2014. Songs of the Caves, music for film, created for an AHRC/EPSRC-funded project, with film-maker Aaron Watson.
Start Year 2013
 
Description European Music Archaeology Project 
Organisation German Archaeological Institute
Department Orient Department
Country Germany 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The University of Huddersfield / School of Music, Humanities and Media is committed to the Coordinator to co-finance the Project during its five years duration, to the amount of 139.083,00€; in addition, in order to implement the Project, the University of Huddersfield / School of Music, Humanities and Media is committed to the Coordinator and to all other Co-organisers for the following roles and tasks: - Scientific direction and management of the virtual reconstruction of ancient soundscapes; - Twenty-three travels for recording the reconstructions of ancient musical instruments; - Post-production, editing, mastering, and printing of five CDs during theProject period; - Scientific contribution to the development of the Project contents; - Creation of four digital audio-visual display installations for the exhibition; - Management of press, public relations, and advertising related to all local activity; - Organization of symposia on acoustics of ancient sites at the Huddersfield University; - Organization of three concerts in Huddersfield; - Travels to the general Project meetings; - Organization of one general Project meeting in Huddersfield; - Financial administration of all the above listed activities.
Collaborator Contribution Creation of travelling exhibition that is now touring Europe. Arrangement of a number of concerts. The project is focused on music archaeology, and exploring common European ancient musical heritage.
Impact The Edge of Time: Palaeolithic Bone Flutes from France and Germany. European Music Archaeology Project Volume 4. Delphian Records. (forthcoming 2017). (CD and Download). Co-producer. 2016. Soundgate Museum Exhibit. In Archaeomusica Exhibition. Ystad Abbey, Sweden. Artistic Director and Soundtrack Composer. Tour venues include Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Cyprus, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, China. 2016. Interactive Soundgate Museum Exhibit. In Archaeomusica Exhibition. Ystad Abbey, Sweden. Tour venues include Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Cyprus, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, China. 2016. Spellweaving: Ancient Music from the Highlands of Scotland. European Music Archaeology Project Volume 1. Delphian Records. (CD and Download). Co-producer. 2016. Ice and Longboats: Ancient Music of Scandinavia. European Music Archaeology Project Volume 2. Delphian Records. (CD and Download). Co-producer. 2016. Dragon Voices: The Giant Celtic Horns of Ancient Europe. European Music Archaeology Project Volume 3. Delphian Records. (CD and Download). Co-producer. 2014. Songs of the Caves, music for film, created for an AHRC/EPSRC-funded project, with film-maker Aaron Watson.
Start Year 2013
 
Description European Music Archaeology Project 
Organisation Lazio Region
Department Council for Culture, Sport, Youth Policy and Tourism
Country Italy 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The University of Huddersfield / School of Music, Humanities and Media is committed to the Coordinator to co-finance the Project during its five years duration, to the amount of 139.083,00€; in addition, in order to implement the Project, the University of Huddersfield / School of Music, Humanities and Media is committed to the Coordinator and to all other Co-organisers for the following roles and tasks: - Scientific direction and management of the virtual reconstruction of ancient soundscapes; - Twenty-three travels for recording the reconstructions of ancient musical instruments; - Post-production, editing, mastering, and printing of five CDs during theProject period; - Scientific contribution to the development of the Project contents; - Creation of four digital audio-visual display installations for the exhibition; - Management of press, public relations, and advertising related to all local activity; - Organization of symposia on acoustics of ancient sites at the Huddersfield University; - Organization of three concerts in Huddersfield; - Travels to the general Project meetings; - Organization of one general Project meeting in Huddersfield; - Financial administration of all the above listed activities.
Collaborator Contribution Creation of travelling exhibition that is now touring Europe. Arrangement of a number of concerts. The project is focused on music archaeology, and exploring common European ancient musical heritage.
Impact The Edge of Time: Palaeolithic Bone Flutes from France and Germany. European Music Archaeology Project Volume 4. Delphian Records. (forthcoming 2017). (CD and Download). Co-producer. 2016. Soundgate Museum Exhibit. In Archaeomusica Exhibition. Ystad Abbey, Sweden. Artistic Director and Soundtrack Composer. Tour venues include Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Cyprus, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, China. 2016. Interactive Soundgate Museum Exhibit. In Archaeomusica Exhibition. Ystad Abbey, Sweden. Tour venues include Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Cyprus, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, China. 2016. Spellweaving: Ancient Music from the Highlands of Scotland. European Music Archaeology Project Volume 1. Delphian Records. (CD and Download). Co-producer. 2016. Ice and Longboats: Ancient Music of Scandinavia. European Music Archaeology Project Volume 2. Delphian Records. (CD and Download). Co-producer. 2016. Dragon Voices: The Giant Celtic Horns of Ancient Europe. European Music Archaeology Project Volume 3. Delphian Records. (CD and Download). Co-producer. 2014. Songs of the Caves, music for film, created for an AHRC/EPSRC-funded project, with film-maker Aaron Watson.
Start Year 2013
 
Description European Music Archaeology Project 
Organisation Municipality of Tarquinia
PI Contribution The University of Huddersfield / School of Music, Humanities and Media is committed to the Coordinator to co-finance the Project during its five years duration, to the amount of 139.083,00€; in addition, in order to implement the Project, the University of Huddersfield / School of Music, Humanities and Media is committed to the Coordinator and to all other Co-organisers for the following roles and tasks: - Scientific direction and management of the virtual reconstruction of ancient soundscapes; - Twenty-three travels for recording the reconstructions of ancient musical instruments; - Post-production, editing, mastering, and printing of five CDs during theProject period; - Scientific contribution to the development of the Project contents; - Creation of four digital audio-visual display installations for the exhibition; - Management of press, public relations, and advertising related to all local activity; - Organization of symposia on acoustics of ancient sites at the Huddersfield University; - Organization of three concerts in Huddersfield; - Travels to the general Project meetings; - Organization of one general Project meeting in Huddersfield; - Financial administration of all the above listed activities.
Collaborator Contribution Creation of travelling exhibition that is now touring Europe. Arrangement of a number of concerts. The project is focused on music archaeology, and exploring common European ancient musical heritage.
Impact The Edge of Time: Palaeolithic Bone Flutes from France and Germany. European Music Archaeology Project Volume 4. Delphian Records. (forthcoming 2017). (CD and Download). Co-producer. 2016. Soundgate Museum Exhibit. In Archaeomusica Exhibition. Ystad Abbey, Sweden. Artistic Director and Soundtrack Composer. Tour venues include Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Cyprus, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, China. 2016. Interactive Soundgate Museum Exhibit. In Archaeomusica Exhibition. Ystad Abbey, Sweden. Tour venues include Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Cyprus, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, China. 2016. Spellweaving: Ancient Music from the Highlands of Scotland. European Music Archaeology Project Volume 1. Delphian Records. (CD and Download). Co-producer. 2016. Ice and Longboats: Ancient Music of Scandinavia. European Music Archaeology Project Volume 2. Delphian Records. (CD and Download). Co-producer. 2016. Dragon Voices: The Giant Celtic Horns of Ancient Europe. European Music Archaeology Project Volume 3. Delphian Records. (CD and Download). Co-producer. 2014. Songs of the Caves, music for film, created for an AHRC/EPSRC-funded project, with film-maker Aaron Watson.
Start Year 2013
 
Description European Music Archaeology Project 
Organisation Music in the South
Country Sweden 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The University of Huddersfield / School of Music, Humanities and Media is committed to the Coordinator to co-finance the Project during its five years duration, to the amount of 139.083,00€; in addition, in order to implement the Project, the University of Huddersfield / School of Music, Humanities and Media is committed to the Coordinator and to all other Co-organisers for the following roles and tasks: - Scientific direction and management of the virtual reconstruction of ancient soundscapes; - Twenty-three travels for recording the reconstructions of ancient musical instruments; - Post-production, editing, mastering, and printing of five CDs during theProject period; - Scientific contribution to the development of the Project contents; - Creation of four digital audio-visual display installations for the exhibition; - Management of press, public relations, and advertising related to all local activity; - Organization of symposia on acoustics of ancient sites at the Huddersfield University; - Organization of three concerts in Huddersfield; - Travels to the general Project meetings; - Organization of one general Project meeting in Huddersfield; - Financial administration of all the above listed activities.
Collaborator Contribution Creation of travelling exhibition that is now touring Europe. Arrangement of a number of concerts. The project is focused on music archaeology, and exploring common European ancient musical heritage.
Impact The Edge of Time: Palaeolithic Bone Flutes from France and Germany. European Music Archaeology Project Volume 4. Delphian Records. (forthcoming 2017). (CD and Download). Co-producer. 2016. Soundgate Museum Exhibit. In Archaeomusica Exhibition. Ystad Abbey, Sweden. Artistic Director and Soundtrack Composer. Tour venues include Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Cyprus, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, China. 2016. Interactive Soundgate Museum Exhibit. In Archaeomusica Exhibition. Ystad Abbey, Sweden. Tour venues include Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Cyprus, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, China. 2016. Spellweaving: Ancient Music from the Highlands of Scotland. European Music Archaeology Project Volume 1. Delphian Records. (CD and Download). Co-producer. 2016. Ice and Longboats: Ancient Music of Scandinavia. European Music Archaeology Project Volume 2. Delphian Records. (CD and Download). Co-producer. 2016. Dragon Voices: The Giant Celtic Horns of Ancient Europe. European Music Archaeology Project Volume 3. Delphian Records. (CD and Download). Co-producer. 2014. Songs of the Caves, music for film, created for an AHRC/EPSRC-funded project, with film-maker Aaron Watson.
Start Year 2013
 
Description European Music Archaeology Project 
Organisation Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The University of Huddersfield / School of Music, Humanities and Media is committed to the Coordinator to co-finance the Project during its five years duration, to the amount of 139.083,00€; in addition, in order to implement the Project, the University of Huddersfield / School of Music, Humanities and Media is committed to the Coordinator and to all other Co-organisers for the following roles and tasks: - Scientific direction and management of the virtual reconstruction of ancient soundscapes; - Twenty-three travels for recording the reconstructions of ancient musical instruments; - Post-production, editing, mastering, and printing of five CDs during theProject period; - Scientific contribution to the development of the Project contents; - Creation of four digital audio-visual display installations for the exhibition; - Management of press, public relations, and advertising related to all local activity; - Organization of symposia on acoustics of ancient sites at the Huddersfield University; - Organization of three concerts in Huddersfield; - Travels to the general Project meetings; - Organization of one general Project meeting in Huddersfield; - Financial administration of all the above listed activities.
Collaborator Contribution Creation of travelling exhibition that is now touring Europe. Arrangement of a number of concerts. The project is focused on music archaeology, and exploring common European ancient musical heritage.
Impact The Edge of Time: Palaeolithic Bone Flutes from France and Germany. European Music Archaeology Project Volume 4. Delphian Records. (forthcoming 2017). (CD and Download). Co-producer. 2016. Soundgate Museum Exhibit. In Archaeomusica Exhibition. Ystad Abbey, Sweden. Artistic Director and Soundtrack Composer. Tour venues include Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Cyprus, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, China. 2016. Interactive Soundgate Museum Exhibit. In Archaeomusica Exhibition. Ystad Abbey, Sweden. Tour venues include Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Cyprus, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, China. 2016. Spellweaving: Ancient Music from the Highlands of Scotland. European Music Archaeology Project Volume 1. Delphian Records. (CD and Download). Co-producer. 2016. Ice and Longboats: Ancient Music of Scandinavia. European Music Archaeology Project Volume 2. Delphian Records. (CD and Download). Co-producer. 2016. Dragon Voices: The Giant Celtic Horns of Ancient Europe. European Music Archaeology Project Volume 3. Delphian Records. (CD and Download). Co-producer. 2014. Songs of the Caves, music for film, created for an AHRC/EPSRC-funded project, with film-maker Aaron Watson.
Start Year 2013
 
Description European Music Archaeology Project 
Organisation Tuscia University
Department Department of Cultural Heritage and Environment
Country Italy 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The University of Huddersfield / School of Music, Humanities and Media is committed to the Coordinator to co-finance the Project during its five years duration, to the amount of 139.083,00€; in addition, in order to implement the Project, the University of Huddersfield / School of Music, Humanities and Media is committed to the Coordinator and to all other Co-organisers for the following roles and tasks: - Scientific direction and management of the virtual reconstruction of ancient soundscapes; - Twenty-three travels for recording the reconstructions of ancient musical instruments; - Post-production, editing, mastering, and printing of five CDs during theProject period; - Scientific contribution to the development of the Project contents; - Creation of four digital audio-visual display installations for the exhibition; - Management of press, public relations, and advertising related to all local activity; - Organization of symposia on acoustics of ancient sites at the Huddersfield University; - Organization of three concerts in Huddersfield; - Travels to the general Project meetings; - Organization of one general Project meeting in Huddersfield; - Financial administration of all the above listed activities.
Collaborator Contribution Creation of travelling exhibition that is now touring Europe. Arrangement of a number of concerts. The project is focused on music archaeology, and exploring common European ancient musical heritage.
Impact The Edge of Time: Palaeolithic Bone Flutes from France and Germany. European Music Archaeology Project Volume 4. Delphian Records. (forthcoming 2017). (CD and Download). Co-producer. 2016. Soundgate Museum Exhibit. In Archaeomusica Exhibition. Ystad Abbey, Sweden. Artistic Director and Soundtrack Composer. Tour venues include Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Cyprus, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, China. 2016. Interactive Soundgate Museum Exhibit. In Archaeomusica Exhibition. Ystad Abbey, Sweden. Tour venues include Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Cyprus, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, China. 2016. Spellweaving: Ancient Music from the Highlands of Scotland. European Music Archaeology Project Volume 1. Delphian Records. (CD and Download). Co-producer. 2016. Ice and Longboats: Ancient Music of Scandinavia. European Music Archaeology Project Volume 2. Delphian Records. (CD and Download). Co-producer. 2016. Dragon Voices: The Giant Celtic Horns of Ancient Europe. European Music Archaeology Project Volume 3. Delphian Records. (CD and Download). Co-producer. 2014. Songs of the Caves, music for film, created for an AHRC/EPSRC-funded project, with film-maker Aaron Watson.
Start Year 2013
 
Description European Music Archaeology Project 
Organisation University of Valladolid
Country Spain 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The University of Huddersfield / School of Music, Humanities and Media is committed to the Coordinator to co-finance the Project during its five years duration, to the amount of 139.083,00€; in addition, in order to implement the Project, the University of Huddersfield / School of Music, Humanities and Media is committed to the Coordinator and to all other Co-organisers for the following roles and tasks: - Scientific direction and management of the virtual reconstruction of ancient soundscapes; - Twenty-three travels for recording the reconstructions of ancient musical instruments; - Post-production, editing, mastering, and printing of five CDs during theProject period; - Scientific contribution to the development of the Project contents; - Creation of four digital audio-visual display installations for the exhibition; - Management of press, public relations, and advertising related to all local activity; - Organization of symposia on acoustics of ancient sites at the Huddersfield University; - Organization of three concerts in Huddersfield; - Travels to the general Project meetings; - Organization of one general Project meeting in Huddersfield; - Financial administration of all the above listed activities.
Collaborator Contribution Creation of travelling exhibition that is now touring Europe. Arrangement of a number of concerts. The project is focused on music archaeology, and exploring common European ancient musical heritage.
Impact The Edge of Time: Palaeolithic Bone Flutes from France and Germany. European Music Archaeology Project Volume 4. Delphian Records. (forthcoming 2017). (CD and Download). Co-producer. 2016. Soundgate Museum Exhibit. In Archaeomusica Exhibition. Ystad Abbey, Sweden. Artistic Director and Soundtrack Composer. Tour venues include Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Cyprus, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, China. 2016. Interactive Soundgate Museum Exhibit. In Archaeomusica Exhibition. Ystad Abbey, Sweden. Tour venues include Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Cyprus, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, China. 2016. Spellweaving: Ancient Music from the Highlands of Scotland. European Music Archaeology Project Volume 1. Delphian Records. (CD and Download). Co-producer. 2016. Ice and Longboats: Ancient Music of Scandinavia. European Music Archaeology Project Volume 2. Delphian Records. (CD and Download). Co-producer. 2016. Dragon Voices: The Giant Celtic Horns of Ancient Europe. European Music Archaeology Project Volume 3. Delphian Records. (CD and Download). Co-producer. 2014. Songs of the Caves, music for film, created for an AHRC/EPSRC-funded project, with film-maker Aaron Watson.
Start Year 2013
 
Description 'Blasts from the Past: Now That's What I Call Prehistoric Music'. New Scientist, 224(2995): 44-7. (2014). 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Rupert Till was approached by the New Scientist Magazine to write an article on sound archaeology
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description 'Entrancement and entrainment: techno-shamans from prehistory to Bargain' invited presentation at the CTM Festival, Berlin 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Rupert Till was invited to present at the Club Transmediale Festival in Berlin, an electronic music festival that takes place annually in the city. Iegor Reznikoff was also asked to participate, as was Paul Devereux, two experienced sound archaeology researchers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://soundcloud.com/ctm-festival/ctm-2015-entrancement-and-entrainment-lecture-by-rupert-till
 
Description 'In Search of Lost Sounds', Nature Journal Podcast 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Nature Journal published a podcast on Sound Archaeology that featured sound in prehistory and the research of Rupert Till in particular.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.nature.com/nature/podcast/index-audiofile-2015-05-26.html
 
Description 'Rock of Ages', interview and 5 minute radio piece, PM Show, BBC Radio 4, 14 January 2015. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The PM show became interested in sound archaeology and interviewed Rupert Till alongside others on BBC Radio 2. This primetime show attracts about 1.5 million UK listeners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description 'Volume Without Sparks', Interview on Stonehenge research, Australian Broadcasting Corporation Radio National 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 'Volume Without Sparks', Interview on Stonehenge research, Australian Broadcasting Corporation Radio National, 17.4.15. This was a broadcast on national Australian radio discussing sound archaeology and archaeoacoustics, and featuring the research of Rupert Till on the acoustics of Stonehenge and other archaeological sites.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description 1 hour radio documentary based on the acoustics of caves commissioned by German Radio Station Deutsche Radio Kultur. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Archäoakustik: Auf der Suche nach Echo, Deutsche Radio Kultur (DRK), dir. Annie Goh. Featuring Rupert Till, Anna Friederike Potengowski and Iegor Reznikoff. June 2015. Archaeoacoustics researchers Rupert Till and Igor Reznikoff travelled to Isturitz and Arcy-sur-Cure caves to carry out sound archaeology research accompanied by a recording crew from DRK. They explored sound and acoustics in the caves. Isturitz Cave was the site of a find of numerous prehistoric musical instruments, such as vulture bone flutes. A reconstruction of this flute was played and recorded in the cave, and acoustical tests were carried out using scientific instruments to explore Reznikoff's voice led approach to studying sound in such sites.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.deutschlandradiokultur.de/ursendung-klingende-fruehgeschichte-archaeoakustik.1022.de.html...
 
Description Archäoakustik: Auf der Suche nach Echo 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Archäoakustik: Auf der Suche nach Echo, Deutsche Radio Kultur 1 hour radio programme, dir. Annie Goh. Featuring Rupert Till and Iegor Reznikoff. Exploring the acoustics of caves.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.deutschlandradiokultur.de/ursendung-klingende-fruehgeschichte-archaeoakustik.1022.de.html...
 
Description Article in Nature Journal 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This is an article on PI Rupert Till's sound archaeology work in Nature Magazine that was commissioned.

A large number of enquiries and web hits came as a result of this article.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v506/n7487/full/506158a.html?WT.ec_id=NATURE-20140213
 
Description Consultancy, Radio SRF2 Kultur, Switzerland, national radio interview and article on my research, (January 2014). 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Consultancy, Radio SRF2 Kultur, Switzerland, national radio interview and article on my research, (January 2014).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Consultant for Hearing the Past, BBC Radio 4 documentary 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Consultant for Hearing the Past, BBC Radio 4 documentary, Winner of Association of British Science Writers' Award, Royal Society Radio Prize for the best scripted/edited radio programme or podcast (2011). This radio documentary, an hour long, featured an extended interview with Rupert Till, discussing sound and archaeology. This is still available on Radio 4 online. "Professor Jim Al-Khalili explores what the past would have sounded like to our ancestors, and investigates how it is helping us to improve our acoustic designs of the future."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b014f9q5
 
Description Stonehenge sounds recreated using virtual technology 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interview & Dissemination on virtual modelling of archaeological sites and their acoustics. BBC Breakfast, BBC News, BBC America.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-38528833
 
Description The Lost Sounds of Stonehenge 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interview & Dissemination. Exploring acoustics of archaeological sites and virtual modelling. BBC Radio 2, 4, 5, 6 World Service.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-38530755