There’s a great piece from NPR about what singing in Hagia Sophia might have sounded like over 500 years ago while it was a church prior to becoming a mosque. What fascinated me about the story (here: https://www.npr.org/2020/02/22/808404928/listen-the-sound-of-the-hagia-sophia-more-than-500-years-ago ) – is how they got a balloon into Hagia Sophia, recorded its pop and took that to create a unique echo profile of Hagia Sophia which, when added to a choir singing authentic period music, produced an otherworldly sound. Here I play the portion with the balloon pop. You can really hear and get a feel for the space and architecture within that building. I placed it on top of a 360 degree video of Hagia Sophia somebody took but without the 360 to give it an even more mysterious look.

There’s a great piece from NPR about what singing in Hagia Sophia might have sounded like over 500 years ago while it was a church prior to becoming a mosque.
 
What fascinated me about the story (here: https://www.npr.org/2020/02/22/808404928/listen-the-sound-of-the-hagia-sophia-more-than-500-years-ago ) – is how they got a balloon into Hagia Sophia, recorded its pop and took that to create a unique echo profile of Hagia Sophia which, when added to a choir singing authentic period music, produced an otherworldly sound.
 
Here I play the portion with the balloon pop. You can really hear and get a feel for the space and architecture within that building. I placed it on top of a 360 degree video of Hagia Sophia somebody took but without the 360 to give it an even more mysterious look.
Balloon pop in Hagia Sophia!? I added the video.
There’s a great piece from NPR about what singing in Hagia Sophia might have sounded like over 500 years ago while it was a church prior to becoming a mosque.
 
Story: https://www.npr.org/2020/02/22/808404928/listen-the-sound-of-the-hagia-sophia-more-than-500-years-ago ) -

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