Field Recordings of the Mysterious
Ringing Rocks/Montana, music made with rocks. Near
Butte Montana, and part of the edge of the Boulder
Batholith, is a large jumbled pile of boulders, the
rocks in this unique geologic formation chime
melodically when tapped lightly with a crescent
wrench or mallet.
It is believed that the ringing is a
combination of the composition of the rock and the
way the joining patterns have developed as the rocks
have eroded away, though ultimately a concrete
scientific explanation has yet to be arrived at.
Curiously, if a boulder is removed from the pile, it
no longer rings.
Slightly different pitches and
timbres emanate from thousands of rocks in the
formation, and in theory Butte's Ringing Rocks could
form the basic ostinato for the "Music of the
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