ASMR and binaural audio recording

What is “ASMR” and what does it have to do with binaural audio recording?

ASMRASMR 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:


Update: 3D binaural ASMR subscription series coming soon!

ASMR

Fellow ASMR enthusiasts,

We’ve noticed a growing demand for higher-quality ASMR recordings, and are beginning production on a professionally-produced subscription series using our top-of-the-line binaural audio studio.

But because ASMR is so personal, we need your input to make sure that we’re creating the absolute best ASMR recordings possible, that give you exceptional triggers.


Please fill out this short survey to give us your thoughts!

As thanks, we’re offering to create a custom ASMR video for everyone who completes the survey – tell us your triggers, and we’ll professionally record them for you as part of the new subscription series. (Just a few conditions apply.)

TAKE THE SURVEY

 

About the Author

Alex KallI'm the owner and head engineer here at Kall Binaural Audio. Aside from my career/love affair with binaural audio recording, I've worked as Symphony Nova Scotia’s stage manager and marketing coordinator, and am also a freelance bass player and designer.View all posts by Alex Kall →

  1. Luke ChalupowskiLuke Chalupowski04-19-2012

    Hey Alex,

    I can see how ASMR is closely related to binaural audio now. You really do get that strange feeling and it’s almost surreal having the haircut. This is really interesting I really enjoyed this post great work Alex!

    Cheers!

    -Luke C.

    • Alex KallAlex Kall04-20-2012

      Thanks Luke! Glad you enjoyed it, and great to hear from you! Cheers.

  2. Marlon DollMarlon Doll05-07-2012

    When I get shivers down my spine, it’s usually from experiencing something awesome or frightening. Being able to recreate that feeling with binaural sound is very cool and holds so much potential. Great post. Currently developing my own binaural experience through storytelling and this post and much of your website is a great reference.

    • Alex KallAlex Kall05-07-2012

      Glad you enjoyed it Marlon! Best of luck with your work. If you ever want to chat about anything binaural, drop us a line. Cheers.

  3. MarkMark06-29-2012

    Incredible. You can almost feel it.
    What would it take to make an extended recording where you are actually cutting hair?
    I can tell you used hair cutting clippers and scissors but the hair was
    Missing. It is so real and relaxing. I have almost out of body feelings
    Listing to this. It is like some kind of weird drug.

    • Alex KallAlex Kall07-02-2012

      Hi Mark, glad you enjoyed it! We have had some requests for a longer version, and if we do it we’ll probably use a wig to get some realistic cut sounds. All of the scissor sounds are from our 3D Scissors sound effects library, which includes dozens of different cutting sounds and may interest you. If you like the tingly feeling the recording gave you, do a quick Google search for ASMR and you’ll find all kinds of great videos! Cheers.

  4. MikeMike07-20-2013

    What kind of microphone did you use to record this?

    • Alex KallAlex Kall08-14-2013

      Hi Mike, all of our recordings are made with the Neumann KU-100 dummy head microphone.