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Transforming the sounds of a steam room, Szechenyi Baths

The Szechenyi Baths in Budapest is the largest medicinal bath in Europe, opening in 1913, and now attracts tens of thousands of tourists every year, as well as locals from across the city.

In this field recording, we are inside a hissing aromatherapy steam room, severely endangering our field recording device through heat and moisture in an attempt to bring you interesting sounds from around the world.

City version:

This sound of relaxation has been reimagined by Atul Giri into a brand new composition, described as follows:

“The field recording of a hissing aromatherapy steam room inside Szechenyi Baths in Budapest formed a strong imagination of a dark public bathing space in ancient times. It teleported me to a place where I imagined everything to be in black and white. Where streaks of light were coming through the windows to partially illuminate the bath and the steam was constantly rising from the groundwater which people bathe in or sit next to.

“Whether true in real life or not, this created a feeling of relaxation, where there’s no rush of everyday and there’s nothing to achieve. This inspired me to write an ambient piece mostly using my guitar.

The idea was not to disturbed the original sound as far as possible. I performed very minor editing on the field recording and made sure that the music does not overpower the beauty of this sound.”

Memory version: