Acoustic analysis of playing the World’s ‘longest echo’

The worlds ‘longest echo’, and its acoustic analysis. This may be the sexiest & most daunting saxophone you’ll ever hear!

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A few weeks ago I got to play my saxophone in the Inchindown Oil Tanks that hold the World record for the ‘longest echo’. If you haven’t seen the previous blog, you might want to listen to this recording that was captured on a mobile:

The recording is a bit rough and ready, but nevertheless captures the aural magic of the place. Recently, I replayed this recording at a couple of events about Sonic Wonderland/The Sound Book, and remarked on a couple of strange effects that I had noticed. But until now I hadn’t had time to examine the recordings in detail, to try and work out what is going on.

High notes appear from no-where

The extraordinary long reverberation time in the tank, means that old notes hang around for a very long time. But as I listen to the piece, I also notice notes that seem to emerge from the aural smog that seem to…

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