Byzantine Acoustics

This may seem to be a piece that’s gone way of the obscurity meter even for my posting, but sound in churches is intriguing, because it shows how much ancient people could figure out and get acoustics right without our modern technology.

There is a general consensus that religious music and architecture are interconnected, but no clarity as to which is the chicken, and what is the egg. I am told that stone churches are ideal for Latin plainsong, but Georgian churches were built from wood, often with soft furnishings, as they were best with organ music and mixed voice choirs.

Here’s some research on immersive sound, which is popular with artists at the moment, and helps us understand old churches.

http://www.openculture.com/2016/03/mapping-the-sounds-of-greek-byzantine-churches-how-researchers-are-creating-museums-of-lost-sound.html

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