I read about this place recently that gives me the heebie-jeebies. Nothing jumps out at you. There are no clowns running around with chainsaws, no zombie barbershop quartets. There is only the quiet, and a lot of it.
Holding the Guinness World Record for being the quietest place on earth, Orfield Laboratories is a research facility that businesses can use to measure the volume of things like clicking buttons and such. But when a person enters the sound proof chamber, it becomes something of an endurance challenge. You start hearing the only thing available–your own body.
As I sit here and write this post, I’m listening to music (“It’s All Crazy! It’s All False! It’s All A Dream! It’s Alright” by mewithoutYou – genius album by a genius band) because I’m not one who does well with silence. And I can only imagine the horrors of listening to my internal body noises.
According to the owner of Orfield Labs, Steve Orfield, most people cannot stand more than about twenty minutes in the chamber before becoming disoriented and confused. The morbidly curious part of me wonders how long I could last in the chamber. The sane part slaps that part. The sci-fi writer part of me wonders if perhaps I’m already in the chamber and this blog of mine is my way of reaching out to reality. If that last part is true, I guess someone should come get me and wake me up.
What are your thoughts on silence? Do you prefer music or noise when you work? How long do you think you could last in the chamber?