Two extraordinary resonant spaces on the Orcadian island of Hoy bring together resident writer Alice Albinia with a collective of Edinburgh based contemporary sound explorers.
The Dwarfie Stone is believed to date back five millennia to a time whose cultural practices must remain largely beyond modern comprehension. Through acoustic engagement with the space, focusing on interactions between human voices and in particular their harmonic and healing aspects, we hope to perform an anecdotal investigation of possible original uses of the Dwarfie Stone, contribute new threads of composition to the already rich musical tapestry of the island and record the sounds and the story of these experiences to be shared with wider audiences through media and in particular Alice Albinia’s book. This part of the resonancy will be lead by Darla Eno, Tamsin Waites and Tim Vincent-Smith with Dave House acting as sound recordist.
The gigantic tank at Scapa Flow visitors centre, formerly Lyness Naval Base’s fuel pumping station, once held 12000 tonnes of oil. More recently experimental musical performances have filled it’s powerfully resonant interior with sound. As a contemporary counter-foil to the healing voices at the ancient Dwarfie Stone and an opportunity for local audiences to participate more directly in Orcadian Resonancy a concert will be organised in this space. This will include performances by experimental acoustic trio Sink, found sound electronic musician The Reverse Engineer and local singers from Hoy lead by Darla Eno and Tamsin Waites taking inspiration from their work at the Dwarfie Stone. Our intention is to animate two man-made spaces, united by their proximity and extraordinary resonant properties but greatly divergent in their original purpose, material construction and historical context with a view to examining deeper themes of how humans interact with environment and the transitory nature of our present culture mirrored by a Neolithic culture that has long been extinct.