Sonic Womb

Project Team Research: Prof Eric Jauniaux, Prof Julian Henriques, Aude Thibaut

Sound Concept, Technique and Construction: Aurélie Mermod

Shell Designer: Lee McCormack

Sound Filters: Dan Scott

Work studios: in the UK country side and at Goldsmiths University in London

First exhibited at the Brain Forum Lausanne May 2016, on going project

The Sonic Womb research project is a multi-disciplinary collaboration between scientists, engineers and sound artists, under the direction of internationally established fetal medicine expert Prof. Eric Jauniaux and leading auditory researcher Prof. Julian Henriques, that seeks to re-create the experience of hearing in utero in an acoustically optimised enclosed space. It is based on the most up-to-date scientific research on the development of foetal hearing, in-house experiments, state-of-the-art audio engineering and a specially-designed listening environment.

From the research of team I conceptualised and built the sound diffusion system. The sounds are listened with all the body, with for example a bone conduction sound diffusion in the sit to listen through the spine and skull, the walls are used as sound diffusion surface and more technical secrets. I have been experimenting with self-built sound diffusion systems in past projects with using walls as speakers for example, in Sonic Womb I built a setting where the listener sits inside a speaker. My sound kit (with all sound diffusion system devices) became the official sound system all different uses of the Orrb (the capsule).

Current applications include a soundtrack of what the fetus can hear in-utero, delivered via a specially designed scientifically accurate “fetal filter” that emulates the auditory effects of the mother’s body. A listener relaxes within the Orrb capsule fitted with a multi-channel sound and vibration system. The Sonic Womb research project aims to raise awareness on the need to improve the acoustic quality of the environment of the premature baby in neo-natal incubators to prevent auditory stress.

“Curl up in This Giant Egg to Experience Sound Like an Unborn Baby” Vice Motherboard 17 May 2016

“Dis, bebe, tu entends quoi dans l’uterus?” Le Mag Le Matin du Dimanche 22 May 2016

“Une capsule sonore reproduit l’environnement sonore du ventre maternel” RTS TV News 27 May 2016

Une capsule pour recréer l‘environnemnet sonore du foetusCanada’s La Presse July 2016