Posted in music | technology on March 28, 2013

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Silent Room

Like the old adage says, the silence is deafening:

Scientists at Minneapolis' Orfield Labs created their own soundless room, an anechoic chamber. Their studies have found that when putting subjects within the chamber, they begin to hallucinate within 30 minutes.

With an average quiet room having a sound level of 30 decibels, the anechoic chamber's sound level is -9 decibels. The ceiling, floor, and walls of the chamber absorb sound rather than have it bounce off as normal objects do. The chamber is so quiet that the subjects can even hear their own organs functioning. -[ATS]

According to a video on the room, humans can only hear things above 0 decibels, which makes any ambient sounds in the room completely inaudible to humans. Kind of reminds me of Ken Russell's 1980 film Altered States, except for without the Ketamine, neanderthals and murder. I hope.

Head below for a video explaining the room.

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Comments (30)

Relevant. I needed to know about this. Totally worth reading. Not a waste of my time at all.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2013 5:39 PM

why would scientists need to make this? Why do we need this?

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2013 5:50 PM

Would pay so much money to fart in that room

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2013 5:52 PM

They needed a Tiger Woods character instead.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2013 5:57 PM

book Kitty Pryde here

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2013 5:58 PM

Book Friends here.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2013 6:09 PM

this is sick

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2013 6:20 PM

I want to go insane in this room.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2013 6:45 PM

This should be the next installation at Glasslands.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2013 6:45 PM

@5:39. Irony.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2013 7:18 PM

recording noise levels from devices during product development is often need and required for the european market of some goods

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2013 8:10 PM

Might as well relocate glasslands here too

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2013 9:08 PM

nothing new about this

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2013 9:23 PM

Altered States is awesome! That multi-eyed goat head would make a great addition to the room.

Posted by M | March 28, 2013 9:44 PM

This is deranged.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2013 11:35 PM

put me in there and make me a ghost

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2013 11:53 PM

I guess 'anechoic chamber' isn't usually trending on 5:39's Twitter feed. At least, not as high as Coal Chamber anyway.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2013 12:52 AM

I have no mouth and i must scream

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2013 1:42 AM

Eggs Molvalone

Posted by | March 29, 2013 1:52 AM

I'm God du jour and I'm DTF.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2013 2:18 AM

Sounds better than Terminal 5

Posted by Smiling Next To You | March 29, 2013 2:37 AM

This room is so WFMU vs. WNYC.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2013 3:18 AM

So if one can hear their "own organs" functioning... Doesn't that mean the room isn't completely silent? "There's no such thing as silence" - John Cage

Posted by Joe Finkel | March 29, 2013 4:12 AM

Big deal... I can hear my stomach digesting mashed chickpeas here in my bedroom.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2013 4:16 AM

Your ears can hear your ears. And your ears can hear the iPods.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2013 7:05 AM

I laughed at 7:0kashjdlasdjaklsdjlaslkahdhka

Sent from my iPhone

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2013 7:29 AM

@5:39 is waiting around for more class actress posts. doosh.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2013 9:41 AM

"why would scientists need to make this? Why do we need this?"

Why do most scientific innovations happen? To serve the needs of the military industrial complex. Soundproof isolation torture chamber possibly?

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2013 12:07 PM

I went in one of these in Pratt & Whitney. They let us try it. It is creepy as hell. You can hear your stomach gurgling or digesting food, and can hear your heartbeat clearly. I didnt hear my ears making noise but my ears felt weird. Like they were plugged up and had a constant light pressure on them. Leaving the room is just as strange. Everything was super loud for like 5 minutes.

Posted by Jabbera | September 24, 2014 6:01 AM

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