When browsing around, you might have stumbled upon some creepy scratching sounds, someone whispering slow crispy melodies, or even sounds of page-turning? That’s recent years’ biggest trend: ASMR. Let’s get into it.
ASMR stands for autonomous sensory meridian response and is a term used to describe relaxing, often sedative, sensations that starts at the top of the head and sometimes move down the body through your spine. It’s also known as "brain massage.” It's triggered by sounds like whispering, tapping, chewing, and crinkling. This is what it stands for:
- Autonomous – spontaneous or self-governing
- Sensory – about the senses or sensation
- Meridian – signifying a peak or climax
- Response – referring to a triggered experience
In the music industry, you can hear Billie Eilish perform ASMR-inspired vocals, and as we speak, there are over 15 million ASMR channels on YouTube. Pretty impressive, huh? People tend to find it relaxing, and it also helps many to fall asleep. If you’re curious to give it a try, we’ve highlighted some of Epidemic Sound’s ASMR artists below:
Let us know what you think! If you ask us, this is a really cool music genre that we’ll continue to see much more of.