You may not have noticed but the sound of a jelly wobbling was recorded for the first time ever in a sound-proof chamber at University College London (UCL) recently.
Yes, they recorded the sound of jelly.
Why? Obviously there was an architectural jelly
banquet (hosted at UCL on July 4th) and they needed a soundtrack for the dancers so they could deliver a spoon-based performance to the music of the wobbling jellies, all accompanied by the aroma of strawberries.
It also featured jelly wrestling.
Do you ever think that here in America our lives are a little less rich because we don't have a stronger jelly culture? Synchronized dancing. To wobbling jelly. I am reasonably sure I would pay to see that.
And there's real science to this, people. Sound artist Douglas Murphy noted: “It is refreshing to explore the sonority of a much neglected physical property: the wobble factor. Jelly entices us into a strange but compelling world of organic sounds. The sonic wobble is captured in two ways: by carefully recording the results of gentle coaxing and by expressing the wobble frequency as physically powerful base tones.”
Professor Jonathan Ashmore of UCL Ear Institute said: “Ear experts have been studying jelly for decades, for collagen – one of the starting ingredients of jelly – makes up the critical components of the inner ear. The way that collagen wobbles on a very small scale is what allows us to hear different notes.”
They used UCL’s anechoic chambers (acoustic rooms in which the walls are lined with sound-absorbent material) and transformed the jelly oscillations into soundwaves.
Sam Bompas of Bompas and Parr, who ran the event for the London Festival of Architecture, assured everyone that it wouldn't be all science. “The evening will start as an exhibition of architectural talent and will finish as an all-out party. Along the way we will explore our tastes and perceptions, dress up in food costumes, dance to two huge sound systems, crown the ultimate jelly architect and get messy with jelly wrestling.”
Hopefully, like "American Idol" and "The Office", this British phenomenon will makes its way here soon enough.
Hear the sound of jelly wobbling
See some of the contestants.
If they don't all look like breasts to you, you are not looking hard enough.