Step inside an anechoic chamber and close the door. It feels weird. The walls, floor and ceiling are covered in foam acoustic wedges, and once you’re in, it’s hard to get out.
Creepier still, no one in the outside world can hear even the most blood curdling of screams from anyone inside the chamber.
Normally our scientists use the anechoic chamber to test the sound performance of smoke alarms and emergency warning sounders. But with Halloween approaching, we looked for a scarier use; testing our favourite scream scenes from horror movies of the past…
This week the Infrastructure Technologies team let us into their lab for a Halloween special. And we brought some of our favourite screams with us to test in their specialised sound testing chamber.
So which scream shattered the frequency charts? Spoiler alert – it wasn’t JAWS’ first victim or even the famous Wilhelm sound effect…
Check it out.
Oh, and welcome to the Scream Machine. Mwaa haaa haaa haaa.
31st October 2020 at 7:09 pm
I’d be fine – I’ve had mild tinnitus all my life
Silence – no such thing! 🙂
13th November 2018 at 2:17 am
Some years ago I’ve read about this kind of room. It can also be used as a torture tehnique, because the lack of the sound become hard to support by the human ears. After you stay some minutes there you can hear even the heart beat. But, of course, there may be a lot of positive and useful things that can be in this kind of room.