Testing The World's Longest Echo

  • Published on: 19 November 2018
  • Technically, the Inchindown oil tanks in Invergordon, Scotland, have the world's longest reverberation, but that makes a much worse title. We tested them with a loud noise and some very sensitive microphones.

    Matt's musical experiments: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzMVJkTjKNc
    Behind the scenes on the Matt and Tom channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4qplnaPjbk

    Thanks to Allan, Alan and Preston for all their help on the day, and to landowners the Bannerman Group for allowing us access!

    Edited by Michelle Martin, @mrsmmartin

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  • Runtime : 3:28
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  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott   1 years ago

    If you want some more ridiculous noises, do check out Matt’s video — the link’s in the description and the end card!

  • Anders Enger Jensen
    Anders Enger Jensen   8 hours ago

    Did someone make an IR response of this for convolution reverbs while they were at it? ;)

  • Petuga
    Petuga   1 days ago

    imagine playing that THX theme in there

  • Ferret :3
    Ferret :3   1 days ago

    When people say scotland isnt cool:*Me Lves in Scotland and i have seen that: Boii * Edit: Sadly its shut :,,c

  • neo young
    neo young   2 days ago

    i've decided there's nothing i want more in the world than to gather two sopranos, a fellow alto, two tenors and two basses to perform some plainchants and modern choral pieces with. unfortunately, i'd probably have an anxiety attack at the sheer notion of sliding through that little tube both ways. :(

  • Dreamzツ
    Dreamzツ   2 days ago

    0:02 Imagine putting a claustrophobic person there

  • Henny Darmse
    Henny Darmse   4 days ago

    I wish I could hear Sunn O))) play there...

  • Psycrow
    Psycrow   1 weeks ago

    Get the Burping guy down there !!!!! I wanna hear and see that now ! Yanagi19871

  • Grin
    Grin   1 weeks ago

    Imagine singing.

  • yellowlemonmothfreak
    yellowlemonmothfreak   1 weeks ago

    You should have made a constant tone and looked at what the most resonant frequencies were. Sad!

  • fuujie
    fuujie   1 weeks ago

    3 seconds into the video and claustrophobia already kicked in.

  • Pegasus
    Pegasus   1 weeks ago

    One of the most impressive echoes I've ever heard was from a small island in a large lake. Far off in the distance was a monolithic rock face. We would yell a few words towards the mountain, then wait ... a long time. (I was just a kid, but as I remember it, it was maybe 10 or 20 seconds.) When the echo finally got back to us, it was just a low thunder-like rumble because the sound had distorted so much on the round-trip journey.

  • Godlygigaz
    Godlygigaz   1 weeks ago

    Opening clash of clans in a public place

  • Evan T
    Evan T   1 weeks ago

    I’m 6’ 5” . I’ve had mild nightmares about needing to fit through small spaces others can fit through easily . Sketch.

  • Mr. Travel Gadget
    Mr. Travel Gadget   1 weeks ago

    Disappointed. I was expecting him to yell "Hello" lo lo lo lo lo lo lo lo lo lo lo........

  • H Conradie
    H Conradie   1 weeks ago

    I cant believe you didn’t shout hello!

  • Herb Derbler
    Herb Derbler   1 weeks ago

    This is what I imagine the microwave door button sounds like to my roommate when I'm making food in the middle of the night.

  • Bargins Galore
    Bargins Galore   1 weeks ago

    At the end it sounded like an avalanche. I’d be terrified

  • Yoshi Blue
    Yoshi Blue   2 weeks ago

    I have awful claustrophobia. Guess I’m never gonna see what’s it’s like in there :/

  • Rajat M
    Rajat M   2 weeks ago

    This is literally an Echo Chamber :P

  • JDM Cody
    JDM Cody   2 weeks ago

    “Check your volume, were returning to normal speech.”Tom Scott, the real OG looking out for the fam.

  • Diamond Lenard
    Diamond Lenard   2 weeks ago

    That’s sounds like when I hold the petal on a piano and press a bunch of notes

  • Nasuh_Ozdmr
    Nasuh_Ozdmr   2 weeks ago

    I want this Reverb Plugin for my DAW!

  • Liam
    Liam   2 weeks ago

    Imagine making a recording of "I am sitting in a room" in this space!