No effects/reverb added!!
A video of some improvisation done with voice and nyckelharpa in a man-made oil structure with the longest echo in the world, at Inchindown, Scotland. As far as I know I’m the second or third musician to have played down there, and it was a wonderful experience… such a lonely space, deep in the hillside. There are 6 tanks roughly the same size, around 800ft long- longer than any of Britain’s cathedrals. To get into the tanks you have to walk down a pitch-black tunnel for about a kilometer and then be pushed on a trolley through a very tight cylindrical hole. The echo was simply sublime and incredibly haunting in the abandoned space. The tanks hold the record for the longest reverberation in any man-made structure. The reverberation is 112 seconds at 125 Hertz, 30 seconds at mid frequency, and 75 seconds broadband. All the floors and walls are covered in oil residue, hence the splashy squelching sounds that you will hear. A big thank you to Allan Kilpartrick, the RCAHM and the wonderful local volunteers who helped to get us in to the space. The fragments of text I used are from a poem by Norman Gibson- 'Kneightia Leidy’:
Vast eons away
From her flickering, flashing life
Sand cast, sand trapped, rock set
From form to image, image to picture
And picture to silence