Last March 28, the University’s Board of Trustees officially announced that the campus Carillon Bells will be replaced with a soundtrack composed solely of Hydro Flask collisions in a bid to “increase academic performance and punctuality”. Suffice to say, the recognizable chime that marks the start and end of every class period—and day—will never be the same.
Let’s get loud
The decision was made in light of recent findings published by a research team led by Physics Department Super Ultimate Professor Dr. Brigga Brane. From different accounts and sightings, it is now known that a loud, metallic “sksksksk” sound can be generated by dropping a Hydro Flask jug on the floor. The distinct and noticeable sound produced by this phenomenon caught the attention of Brane’s team.
Following this brush of curiosity, the group hypothesized that increasing collision speed would lead to louder sounds as they explored the concept of terminal velocity or the maximum speed an object can attain with respect to the fluids that surround it. Several ear-shattering tests later, they discovered that even a single Hydro Flask falling at terminal velocity is enough to produce one of the loudest sounds on Earth.
The sound level meter, a tiny handheld device that Brane describes to have “nearly imploded” during the experiments, recorded an average sound of 160 decibels (dB)—just 20 dB softer than the loudest Mariah Carey-produced whistle ever recorded in history. “For comparison, a pistol gunshot is able to reach an approximate sound intensity of 140 dB, while the hearing threshold of an average human is at 130 dB,” the super ultimate professor cites, admitting that she began hearing “sksksksk” in her sleep after listening to only Hydro Flask music for an entire week.
Captivated by this previously unknown occurrence, the team tried to bop two Hydro Flasks together and found that their collision was not only louder—registering a whopping 194 dB—but the sound waves generated also exhibited signs of breaking the sound barrier, essentially turning into shockwaves stronger than a Pikachu species’ thunderbolt.
This eventually prompted the University to replace the Carillon Bells in front of St. Joseph Hall with Hydro Flasks. “These technologically advanced water flasks can produce sounds that reach [Br.] Andrew [Gonzalez] Hall anyway so we plan to replace the speakers in every building to reduce costs and be eco-friendly,” says Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Development Josemari Calleja.
For the Animo
An unrelated yet surprising benefit was also discovered through a follow-up study, which was conducted by the team about a week after the initial experiments to give their eardrums a much-needed rest. The sound produced by Hydro Flasks hitting each other boosted the academic performance of the student-participants involved. The reason? Lasallians being hypnotized by the “sksksksk” melody. The team made the startling discovery while they were conducting an experiment in a classroom setup.
According to one of the study’s participants, Bongie Panela (II, BS-FU), she felt a “sudden rush of productivity and alertness” surge through her upon hearing the “sksksksk”. However, she could not recall what happened afterward. She only recalls feeling “like [she] woke up from a daze” while staring at a classroom blackboard.
“The last thing I remember before that happened was that I was at Starbs ordering my Chai Tea Latte,” Panela recounts.
This experience was shared by her fellow participants. Afterward, Panela and the other participating students were then all given P200 worth of Starbucks gift certificates as thanks for participating in the survey.
Revealing the experiment’s results, Brane tells The LuhSallian that the students were actually hypnotized after hearing the sound produced by the Hydro Flasks—and they would mutter “hail, Hydro!” in chorus every 42.0 seconds. “While doing so, they would also follow the instructions of the facilitator and recite continuously,” explains the super ultimate professor, adding that the students all scored perfect marks in a Physics test she administered during the trance.
A new era of sksksound
With the positive impact of the tested Hydro Flask bells on academic performance, the University’s Board of Trustees and Hydro Flask Philippines have agreed to collaboratively develop a custom set of Hydro Flasks for the sole purpose of replacing the campus Carillon Bells. Following this, a set of tones created by striking the two Hydro Flasks together had been recorded in a newly-built sound studio on the top-secret sixth floor of Velasco Hall. While the recording was successful, the University’s sound engineers and studio staff revealed that simply recording the sound was “more difficult than it ought to be” due to the shockwaves that each collision produced according to Director for Campus Management Dr. Harold Tiu.
In an interview with The LuhSallian, Tiu reveals that the Hydro Flask bells were originally slated to be put up on April 1. However, in light of the recent quarantine measures imposed by the Philippine government, the new implementation date was rescheduled to April 15 instead. When asked regarding the formal name for the tune, Tiu answers with a smile that they plan on christening it as the Hydro FlaSalle Chime.
In order for students to be familiarized with the new bell, Tiu adds that the Campus Management Office has decided to release the audio file of the Hydro FlaSalle Chime on the University’s official Facebook page one week before the quarantine is scheduled to end. “I’ve seen some students sharing the soundtrack of the current school bell on Facebook. I want to give them a sneak peek—or sneak listen, I should say—into the surprise awaiting them in the University, especially after these difficult last few weeks,” he shares.