When I work on a project, whether it is video editing, graphic design, or 3D animation, I like to completely dive into that project. But, I am also easily distracted. I find if I am listening to a podcast, movie review or music I tend to drift away from the task at hand and get lost in whatever I am listening to. That being said, I have found something to listen to that helps me relax and focus on what I am working on. My editing playlist – is ASMR videos.
What is ASMR?
ASMR stands for autonomous sensory meridian response and is described by most as a tingly sensation in the head of the viewer. Essentially ASMR videos are hosted by someone who is either speaking softly or creating a soft noise in a relaxing manner. These sounds are called triggers and include things like talking, tapping, eating or any calming sound. The concept has definitely grown in popularity over the past few years mostly thanks to famous YouTube channels like PewDiePie and BuzzFeed creating reaction videos. I first found out about it in 2010 when I was in college and couldn’t sleep one night. At the time, they were just called whisper videos and I found an ASMR movie review and I made it 15 seconds in before I completely passed out. Over the years the amount of available channels grew and the production value skyrocketed. It isn’t out of the ordinary to see an ASMR video recorded with high end audio and video equipment that we use here at PEG.
My Own Sensory Deprivation Tank
After 7 years of watching ASMR videos, I find that it no longer puts me to sleep but instead relaxes me and helps me focus on one thing at a time. I feel like I am Eleven from Stranger Things going into a sensory deprivation tank (just without the bloody nose and the Demogorgons). I will be the first to admit that it is weird. Listening to a stranger talk about their day, eating a sandwich or pretending to be a doctor or barber is very weird but there are so many mainstream things that people do that are really weird when you think about it. A massage is just paying a stranger to touch you. A therapist is just paying a stranger to talk to you. Even listening to music or a podcast is just paying a bunch of strangers to entertain you.
That is why I recommend checking out ASMR artists like Ephemeral Rift, Gibi ASMR, MassageASMR, and Gentle Whispering ASMR. It may not be for you, or you could be like the millions of people across the world who listen to it to relax, or like me, to use it to focus.