More trance inducing than trance music: The World's Quietest Room

00:00 Nov/30/1999

Usually we are reporting about DJs like Armin van Buuren, and how their inducing trance like states in people. It turns out that the exact opposite may even be more tripping. In today's hectic world, filled with all kinds of information - it is actually a more hypnotic to experience total silence. While you may think that you've experienced it before, it is certain that this kind of absence of sound waves, you have never heard, or ...not heard. Scientist at Orfield Laboratories in South Minneapolis have created an anechoic chamber that is 99.99% sound-absorbent.

 Usually, a quiet room has a sound level of about 30 decibels, the anechoic chamber has a sound level of -9 decibels. Obviously, the peculiar looking ceiling, floor and walls absorb sound rather than reflecting sound waves like normal objects do.

Would you like to hear your own organs functioning? How would you handle being completely alone with your thoughts? Would you go crazy? The've tested the room on a number of people. Apparently, after 30 minutes goes by, people in the chamber tend to begin hallucinating. Nobody has been able to sit in the room alone longer than 45 minutes.

(Source: SAE Institute Adelaide)

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