A photo of Jane Pollard and Iain Forsyth with headphones on

Somnoproxy – Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard

29 Jul 2020

Somnoproxy is an immersive sound installation by Studios artists Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, originally created in the Moog Sound Lab. It incorporates a futuristic bedtime story written by Stuart Evers, read by Enzo Cilenti and Kate Ashfield. 

‘Somnoproxy’ was recently exhibited as part of 24/7 at Somerset House. In the exhibition, visitors lie down on the Island by L-Acoustics Creations, a luxurious bed that conceals a 24-channel audio system able to faithfully reproduce a full 140dB dynamic range. They are encouraged to close their eyes and focus on the Dreamachine, a stroboscopic flicker device that can induce a hypnogogic state through the eyelids.

This new version of Somnoproxy has been devised to create a similar experience online. You should listen with headphones, as the recording has been translated into a special binaural mix, simulating the 3D audio effect. Play the video full-screen and sit close to the screen with your eyes closed. The light pulses at a frequency range that corresponds to electrical oscillations in the relaxed human brain. 

Warning: contains flashing images

Want to know more? Artists Iain and Jane, alongside writer Stuart Evers, discuss the possible future for our sleep and dreams in a 24/7 world in this Somerset House podcast.