What is ASMR?
sensory meridian response“, which ASMR stands for, is a
state of complete relaxation or so-called „tingles“
in the scalp.
This feeling is produced by certain triggers such as sounds but also visual and physical triggers.
A lot of people experience ASMR, not knowing what it is or that it does have a name. However, not everyone is able to experience this trancelike phenomenon.
As there is a huge variety of different ASMR-triggers, it is also possible that one just hasn't found their trigger yet.
Whispering, speaking softly, roleplays, tapping on different surfaces, crinkling or light patterns and slow handmovements are the most common triggers for people who experience ASMR.
How does ASMR feel?
Relaxation with ASMR
Some use ASMR
as a sleeping-aid or to escape their stressful everyday lives.
Other ASMR-users don't experience human contact on a day-to-day basis and benefit from roleplays, which make them feel cared for. These types of videos are especially realistic, because they are recorded binaurally.
ASMR-Videos are also very helpful to people with mental illnesses. People who suffer from anxiety, depression or panic attacks watch and listen to the videos, because of their calming effect.
An ASMRtist talks about ASMR-videos
ASMRtist fastASMR describes which part ASMR-videos play in her everday life.
The technology behind the tingles
Most ASMR-videos are
recorded in a way that creates the illusion that the sound is being
created in a 3D-space. That way, the listener thinks that the sounds
are happening somewhere next to them.
To create a binaural effect, two microphones are needed. They have to be positioned facing outward, about the width of a human head apart from each other. Also there has to be an object in between the microphones, that simulates a human head. This setting is accomplished best with a dummy head microphone.
Unfortunately these types of microphones are very expensive, however there are cheaper alternatives on the market that provide satisfying ASMR-worthy results. It is also possible to DIY your own dummy head.
ASMRtist fastASMR reveals the most popular ASMR-triggers and her own favourites
ASMR on youtube
ASMR-scene is most prominently seen on youtube. There you can find
hundreds of youtube channels of so-called „ASMRtists“ (ASMR +
artist), with huge fanbases.
scene is especially big in the US. But German ASMRtists also have
relatively big fanbases and are being watched regularly. Just
like any other youtuber, ASMRtists
very individual and have their own style.
lot of ASMR-users seem to react to certain voices etc., which means
that everyone has their favourite ASMRtist.
who experience ASMR gather on youtube, to talk
in the comments
and find new ASMR-triggers, for example videos in different languages
or unusual sounds.
of the comments under the ASMR-videos are about how thankful the
ASMR-users are for the possibility to relax. Furthermore,
learn what this feeling in the scalp is in the comments.