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11/27/2013 Listening Lounge
A Ritual Soundscape from Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening
Humans have learned to control sound for rituals with impressive monuments. Prof. David Hendy travels to the Orkney Islands in Scotland to hear the bizarre effect of beating a drum while standing in one of Orkney’s Neolithic sites. The space feels like a theater stage, made for performance. When these literal sound effects were discovered -- they were exploited for use in magnificent rituals. These are the kind of places where our ancestors came to make a spectacular racket. But we'll also explore the places where they came in search of silence and sensory deprivation.
The Rise of the Shamans from Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening
Around the world charismatic individuals claim the ability to talk to spirits, heal illness and help crops grow. Proffessor Hendy will explain how sound - and its manipulation - is so central to the shaman's power. We'll travel all the way from the eerie rituals of Siberian reindeer herders as they summon spirits to a very mysterious singing angel located high in the facade of Wells Cathedral.
November 27, 2013
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