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Ingleton Birthplace

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Ringing Rocks: Lithophone photos by Bobbie Millar.

How do you imagine the magical creature of the Yorkshire Dales?

Here are a few ideas from the first people to comment:

Ingleton Quarry is the birthplace not only of the magical creature, but also of the 'ringing rocks' used to create sounds for Hunter Gatherer.

Maybe that's why the magical creature's voice sounds like a mixture of ringing rocks and bubbling brooks.

The rocks played are pieces of Ingleton green slate and Ingleton limestone which all have a natural, unique 'ring'. The rocks are laid on a wooden frame, like a xylophone, and struck with beaters. Different beaters produce a different quality of ring. The pitch of the note depends on the size and thickness of the piece of rock.

Underwater sounds have been recorded using a special underwater microphone - a 'hydrophone'. Jackie first played with hydrophones working with other artists and geographers on an experimental research creative sound and image residential in Dundee. The water sounds for Hunter Gatherer were recorded by Jackie Calderwood in the Yorkshire Dales.

The limestone pieces were all cut from one large rock, chosen from the quarry by local school students working with Bobbie Millar of Leeds University on the Quarry Arts project. Ruskin Rocks is another interesting 'lithophone' (ringing rocks) project. Geologists, musicians, computer scientists and geographers worked together to try to discover why rocks ring. Thankyou to Bobbie Millar for playing the rocks, and to Kia Ng for recording.