Re: Cage & Anechoic Chambers (Christian Kaernbach )

Subject: Re: Cage & Anechoic Chambers
From:    Christian Kaernbach  <chris(at)>
Date:    Mon, 26 Oct 1998 14:55:35 +0100

I was told this is related to the cutoff frequency of the anechoic chamber. If the latter is around 70 Hz (i.e. lower frequencies are less well absorbed) one gets this feeling of pressure, whereas if the latter is very, very low (below 20 Hz, which is rarely to be found) the feeling should be much more comfortable, more ressembling to that in the Alberta badlands, prairies etc. The different experience in real envorinment could be due to the fact that there is no echo at all, not even for the very low frequencies, whereas in most anechoic chambers there is a certain echo, only of a kind that is not typical for normal environment (low-pass at 70 Hz). It could be that this low-pass echo is associated with the experience of pressure. - Christian Kaernbach > I am interested in hearing the response to Eliot Handelman's query, > and just want to enlarge on one point made therein. I have also not > had the experience of an a-c chamber but have been in the Alberta > badlands (geographically /geologically related to the Montana ones, I > believe). And certainly one of the most impressive characteristics > for me also was the silence -- the clay-type soil seems to absorb all > sounds, even one's breathing (I also don't remember hearing my nervous > system). Email to AUDITORY should now be sent to AUDITORY(at) LISTSERV commands should be sent to listserv(at) Information is available on the WEB at

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