Were you able to visit the Ben Cruachan site?
We were lucky to have the chance to visit for one of the performances of Master Rock. We met on a very wet and windy evening in the car park at Ben Cruachan, after driving a few hours from Edinburgh where we’d just been doing a lecture. A small number of us were taken in a minibus from the entrance and driven almost a mile into the centre of the mountain beneath the reservoir. As we were driving, it was amazing to think that this was actually hollowed out by a group of people in the early 1960s. The progress must have been so slow and painful—especially with the mountain being mostly granite, one of the hardest types of rock.
On arrival, we stepped out and noticed immediately how hot it was. We took a short walk through the last part of the tunnel, which opened out into a vast cavernous space. We wandered around the huge turbines, and inspected the walls of buttons and dials—all of which are still functioning. It was an amazing place, and the impression of being so far underground in a man-made space about a mile under the reservoir that we had passed by earlier was overwhelming. After fifteen minutes, the performance began. Sound was composed on-site by Olivier Pasquet together with three distinctive voices: Irish actor Lalor Roddy as John Mulholland; poet Denise Riley as Elizabeth Falconer; and musician Ceylan Hay as the voice of the ancient granite.