The first orchestral composition inspired by ASMR

Jocelyn Morlock is the Composer in Residence of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in Canada.

She has the admirable distinction of being the first woman composer in residence in the history of this orchestra.

Now she has another terrific distinction – she may be the first person in history to create an orchestral composition inspired by ASMR.

And the title of her musical composition does a wonderful job of evoking ASMR.

She titled it, “That Tingling Sensation.”

Jocelyn described her inspiration for the piece at as,

“…that inexplicable visceral reaction to beauty, to energy, to lovely or powerful sound. This reaction is known as an ‘autonomous sensory meridian response’, in case you’re planning to Google it. I’ve named my piece out of love for this ideal, and for the kaleidoscopic and electrifying palette of sounds the orchestra can create.”

Jocelyn wrote the composition in 2014 and premiered it January 17th, 2015 at the New Music Festival of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Jocelyn informed me by email that the composition is not yet publicly available for listening, but she is working towards this goal so many others may enjoy her new composition.

If you are interested in hearing an ASMR-inspired musical composition right now, you could check out deadmau5’s “Terrors in my head”.  Sue Dorrens, founder of the website I Love ASMR, reminded me about this electronica-style song which came out in 2014.  The song samples the voice of the ASMR artist Maria GentleWhispering and may have been the first ASMR-inspired musical composition.

Click HERE to listen to “Terrors in my head” by deadmau5.

Click HERE to learn more about Jocelyn Morlock in the blog post “10 questions for Jocelyn Morlock” at

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This post brought to you by ASMR University.  A site with the mission of increasing the awareness, understanding, and research of the Art and Science of Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response.

One thought on “The first orchestral composition inspired by ASMR

  1. Pingback: ASMR: sensacioni më i fundit që po i rrënqeth njerëzit. Ose ndryshe "Veshgazma"! - Pikkom

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