Experimenting On Your Ears | No Speaking | Binaural ASMR

Ephemeral Rift
Published 5 years ago

I hope you don't mind me borrowing your ears and being my guinea pig for a lab experiment in which I test out a new pair of microphones (DPA 4060's; the same mics used in the 3DIO Freespace II). I promise, you'll get your ears back once I'm done!

First timestamps, then more description after:

00:00:00 Moving the mics into position
00:00:30 Labelling the mics (felt marker writing & cap sounds)
00:04:00 Hand & finger sounds
00:05:40 Soft finger tapping (on mic discs & padded table)
00:07:40 Finger tracing / brushing around the mics
00:10:17 Covering the mics with my palms
00:10:46 Gently touching the mics
00:11:53 Special Guest #1
00:13:45 Paint brush sounds
00:20:11 Small containers over the mics
00:27:00 Small container caps over the mics
00:28:40 Tweezer sounds
00:31:30 Pencil sounds
00:35:02 Special Guest #2
00:37:21 Special Guest #3
00:42:30 Ending with soft finger tapping and brushing

I have been wanting to get back to creating truer binaural ASMR sessions like I've done in the past where I or one of my characters would get up close to and move around you, experimenting with proximity, placing the mics on potatoes and boxes, etc. I got away from doing those because of the prominent white noise of my older binaural mics which weren't really meant for ASMR videos. I moved on to bigger mics which got rid of the white noise altogether, but limited my ability to create those more immersive "ear to ear" experiences. These new mics still have some white noise since all small mics like this do whenever the audio levels are boosted significantly, but I find the noise to be more manageable. However, before I get back to making those binaural videos again (which eventually & finally include haircuts) I thought I would perform this test first by experimenting with these disc-shaped accessories that come with the new mics which are meant to somewhat help accentuate and isolate the sounds that the microphones capture. Then I need to rebuild my binaural rig that sits atop the camera..

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What is ASMR?

ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. It's a non-scientific word that an everyday person came up with to describe the feeling characterized as a pleasurable tingling sensation felt in the head, scalp, back and other regions of the body in response to visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory, and/or cognitive stimuli, such as crinkling bags, hand movements, whispering, personal attention or watching someone perform a task. It's like goosebumps but much more pleasant and without the uncomfortable chills.

ASMR videos are meant to intentionally induce this sensation in the viewer, often referred to as "tingles", but the videos also serve to provide a relaxing, calming and soothing experience for the viewer. Many people who do not experience ASMR still enjoy the videos for their calming and sleepy effect.


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