What is “ASMR” and what does it have to do with binaural audio recording?
ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. It’s also been called AIE (Attention Induced Euphoria), AIHO (Attention Induced Head Orgasm), “head tingles,” or simply “chills.” It’s that funny feeling you get at the back of your neck or your scalp, that tends to crawl down your body when you see, hear, or otherwise experience something that “triggers” the response.
ASMR occurs naturally for many people in every day life, and if you know what type of situations trigger your response, you can also seek out stimuli to induce it voluntarily (assuming you enjoy the feeling, of course!). Note though, that triggers can vary greatly between people, and some people don’t experience ASMR at all.
Here’s a short list of some of the most common triggers (courtesy of ASMR Research & Support):
- Exposure to slow, accented, or unique speech patterns
- Viewing educational or instructive videos or lectures
- Experiencing a high empathetic or sympathetic reaction to an event
- Enjoying a piece of art or music
- Watching another person complete a task, often in a diligent, attentive manner
- Close, personal attention from another person (like having your makeup done)
- Haircuts, or other touch from another on head or back
So what does ASMR have to do with binaural audio?
Well, if your ASMR is based on a sound (or even just partly – like the sound of scissors paired with a hairdresser’s fingers in your hair), then 3D binaural audio recordings can make excellent triggers. If you are trying to use audio to induce ASMR – which is natural and personal sensation – then of course a natural, human ear based recording format will give the best results. Since binaural audio captures sound exactly the way a person experiences it, binaural recordings are a perfect way to trigger ASMR on-demand. (Follow this link to learn more about how binaural recording works.)
If you’ve never consciously experienced ASMR, you’re likely now dying to feel it. Grab your headphones and check out some of our binaural audio demos that may work as a trigger for you:
We also put together a short video that puts some of these sound triggers together to make a 3D Binaural Audio ASMR Haircut: