We tried ASMR with musical instruments... and now we have goosebumps

4 June 2019, 14:30 | Updated: 10 June 2019, 15:37

By Sofia Rizzi

ASMR is the new craze of 2019, so we went ahead and created some skin-tingling videos using a range of musical instruments...

Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) videos seem to have divided the world. The hyper-sensitive sounds either evoke a pleasant feeling or pure disgust to those listening.

With such high stakes at play, we took it upon ourselves to find out which instruments might trigger those relaxing ‘brain tingles’.

What is ASMR?

Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) is defined as “a feeling of well-being combined with a tingling sensation in the scalp and down the back of the neck, as experienced by some people in response to a specific gentle stimulus, often a particular sound.”

The trigger sounds are said to help people relax and fall asleep. Some of the most popular ASMR triggers include tapping, whispering, page turning and crinkling.

Does ASMR work with classical music?

Many of the most popular ASMR triggers are transferable to classical music instruments, such as tapping a violin, so in short, ASMR is definitely an element of the classical music world.

Put on your headphones!

Grab a pair of headphones to fully experience the 3D localised sound of the saxophone, tambourine, violin, and whispered musical terms.

Do you experience ASMR when listening to these videos?

Watch the entire ASMR playlist on Classic FM’s YouTube channel >