Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Mind Fuck Tuesday: Stone Tapes

"The Stone Tape" was a 1972 BBC television play about an electronics research group that sets up in an old manor home to come up with a new recording medium to beat the Japanese's growing market. One of the researchers in this fictional play, a computer programmer, sees an image of a woman running up the steps in the room and falling, apparently to her death. Inquiring with the local villagers, they learn that a young maid died in that room during Victorian times. They realize that somehow the stone in the room has preserved an image of the girl's death – this “stone tape” may be the key to the new recording medium that the team is trying to develop.

Since that time, the stone tape theory has been one that involves residual hauntings being recordings held by natural causes. I felt this ever since I was a child where I grew up and noted places that were haunted and common features. I had never heard of the BBC series until I was already into ghost hunting and was pleasantly surprised to hear others mentioning this. During the time I looked for commonalities in hauntings in 2008 and devised my ghost hunting formula, I did notice a high incidence of hauntings in rich geology and mining towns. Coincidental? It could be incidental, as man tends to build towns near natural resources so some of our oldest most historic and turbulent towns would be in resource-rich areas. Does the construction of the building play a role? So far in my research, it does. Stone buildings have a high rate of hauntings and yet, once again, man tended to build stone houses long ago, hence our most historic homes are stone constructed and most likely to house ghosts by virtue of history and occupation over long periods of time.

Have a look at this clip and tell me what you think. Oh, and once again, thank you for letting me fuck with your brain this pleasant Tuesday.


  1. Drizzly & overcast here, but not really pelting rain, not just yet at any rate. This sounds so amazingly similar to the conclusions drawn by the world renowned dowser, Tom Graves, in his book that I cannot harp on quite enough, Needles of Stone. Except that he goes so far as to say that such recordings span the ages, in all countries & cultures, and in the great outdoors, too, esp. around ancient dolmens, stone circles, and other such ancient tumuli. Have an excellent Thanksgiving, Autumn ~ An'

  2. Bror;
    Hey! Yes! I was recently reading too about how clay in the ground can transmit vibrations from businesses, mining and earth activity, vibrating the foundations of homes and creating unsettling effects. Intriguing stuff! Love your weather report. My future daughter-in-law decided she didn't like Portland, so I introduced the concept of Charlottesville for law school and she's a horse fanatic, so sounds like a perfect match. Could be headed your way some day, bror. Keep it pretty and green for me.

  3. I'll have to ask my beau about that show. I do think though that anything natural like stone, wood, clay and the like would and could hold residual images, feelings, hauntings or whatever you feel comfortable calling it. Being American Indian, the earth doesn't belong to us so we should honor it any way we can; maybe that's how spirits honor it, but leaving a piece of themselves behind!

  4. Tara;
    I certainly know how we leave bits of ourselves behind on objects. It's amazing. There's no telling what forms we may leave recordings behind or if we haunt the earth miles away while we're still here...