I came across the acronym ASMR this weekend. Never having heard anything about it I looked it up:

ASMR signifies the subjective experience of “low-grade euphoria” characterized by “a combination of positive feelings and a distinct static-like tingling sensation on the skin”. It is most commonly triggered by specific auditory or visual stimuli, and less commonly by intentional attention control. A genre of videos intended to induce ASMR has emerged, over 13 million of which had been published on YouTube by 2018.


I watched the video that accompanies the Wikipedia article and thought that many of the sounds mentioned might work very very well with the concept of my album slow:

– softly spoken or whispering voice
– quiet, repetitive sounds – turning the pages of a book
– preparing food
– tapping fingers or nails onto surfaces such as plastic, wood, paper, glass, metal
– hand movements on a skin
– blowing or exhaling into a microphone
– brushing hair

I imagined that a sound could be used as is or slowed down or, perhaps, even arranging it into a rhythm.

The proof is in the pudding, as they say, and I won’t know what “slow + ASMR” will sound like – and what kind of effect it might have – until it is done. I have a long list of soft sounds to record and I am looking forward to it. First, I think, I will record soda bubbles. Or perhaps I will go for champagne instead.