Silence Hallucination

Imagine a room which is totally silent. Imagine you hear your own organs. Imagine it drives you insane. Apparently such a room exists at the SAE Institute Adelaide. Living in noisy as hell NYC I wouldn’t mind some silent room therapy.

“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. Although extremely interesting, the experience is rather unpleasant. Not one subject has spent more than 45 minutes in the chamber alone. Leaving a person to only their thoughts, the chamber could drive them insane.” –

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Oliver Chesler

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8 thoughts on “Silence Hallucination”

  1. rather specious claim: “you can hear your own organs” + “you begin to hallucinate”. this is on par with people who say “the music was so great!” immediately followed by “i was rolling so hard”.

  2. ^your heartbeat is the only thing you hear, and maybe your lungs if you smoke enough. I’ve been in such a room, but just a few minutes. The crazy thing is you have no volume reference, so you might think your heartbeat is extremely loud and whatnot, hence the hallucinations.

  3. So, wouldn’t the best environment for a studio setup to be inside one of these chambers? I mean all you would hear is the sound as it comes out of your studio monitors and and reaches your head. There would be absolutely no reflections and wave canceling due to echos! I’d seriously consider building one of these in my house if this was the case!

    1. Well, no. Even for the mixing/monitoring room in a recording studio you want a minimum of echo/reflection. A completely “dry” room is such an unusual experience that you get uncomfortable when sitting in it for an extended period.

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