(Distant) hits and (really) old memories

Researchers from Uni Melbourne, the Edinburgh College of Art and the University of Birmingham have created 16th century Scottish choral music

It’s what James IV would have heard it in the chapel of Linlithgow Palace at Easter 1512.

The scholars used a laser to exactly measure the space as now is and adapted the data to the chapel layout as records reveal it then was.

A choir then recorded music from a pre-Reformation Scottish hymnal in an anechoic chamber (nearly no natural acoustics) which was overlaid into the researchers’ sound model of the chapel.

Course there are limits – the recording can’t communicate the sixteenth cold. But somethings don’t change. The Scots were brawling with the English then and people worried about plague.