Gerry Parks is a Project Manager at a software development company in Glasgow, Scotland. He has his BA degree in Business and his MSc degree in Information Technology.
Gerry also has a new podcast called, ‘The ASMR Podcast.’
Although he created this podcast, you won’t hear his voice on it…at least not yet. Gerry initially created the podcast as an audio-only platform to help launch new ASMR artists and to help established artists reach new audiences.
In my interview with Gerry he shares the ASMR artists featured so far, his inspiration for creating the podcast, tips for starting a podcast, and more.
A common question I have seen on the ASMR subreddit and at other places is, “What are the best headphones for ASMR?”
There is no unanimous decision, but there is one brand of headphones which I see the most often recommended, they are called ‘SleepPhones’.
I know my wife would agree because she borrowed my SleepPhones a month ago and has refused to give them back.
These headphones are a plush headband with flat speakers hidden inside – quite ideal for falling asleep while listening to ASMR trigger sounds or any other type of audio.
I have noticed that the company which creates these headphones, AcousticSheep LLC, seems quite aware of the ASMR community.
So I reached out to them to find out more about the people behind SleepPhones, the development of their products, and their thoughts about ASMR.
Pawel is an ASMR artist living in Poland who creates content under the name, “Deep Ocean of Sounds.”
He is one of the few top artists who does not whisper or talk in any way, his ASMR productions are just trigger sounds.
Although “just” is an understatement.
Many of his productions are 3-dimensional experiences in which the listener is immersed in a multi-layer recreation of a triggering scenario like a haircut or walking in a forest. Additionally, he creates high quality binaural productions focused on single triggering sounds like the sound of scratching or the sound of wooden blocks.
Pawel also recently created and marketed his own binaural recording device, a dummy head with microphones built into silicone ears.
In my interview with Pawel he explains what ‘binaural’ means, how he creates his 3-D sound, information about his new dummy head recording device, and more.
Below are my questions in bold, his replies in italics, links to his ASMR recordings, and a link to his new binaural microphones. Continue reading
The event was scheduled for Saturday, September 19th, 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, USA.
Unfortunately, the event has now been canceled.
Tickets sales for the event were being done through Kickstarter. This means that if the fundraising goal is not met then the event or project usually does not occur.
The initial rate of tickets sales for the event started off too slow to show a strong probability of meeting the fundraising goal.
In science, graphing an occurrence vs time is called a “trend line”. In medical terminology, the trend line for the ticket sales were unfortunately a “flatline”.
The organizers of the event, Paige Towers and Bryan Shigekawa, provide some insight about the challenges with the event planning, as well as their heartfelt apologies for canceling the event.
The link to their explanation is below.
Imagine over 1000 people at a convention. Every person is there because they share an appreciation, a passion, a commitment, and/or a genuine curiosity for ASMR.
The attendees are expected to be ASMR artists, ASMR fans, health professionals, scientists, researchers, and all those with a deep interest in ASMR.
The activities will most likely include Q&A with popular artists, round tables on the art and culture of ASMR, panel discussions on mental health, presentations with results of ASMR research, and demonstrations of the best equipment and technology for creating and enjoying ASMR.
Desiring something more interactive and deeply relaxing? This opportunity for live group ASMR sessions will probably not go wasted.
And of course, expect to mingle, meet, and get to know the heart of the ASMR community.
I started with “imagine” because it has not happened yet. The ink (and sweat) has just dried on getting the venue booked, the dates set, and the website created.
Want to know more details? Read on.
Yep, reduce external noise.
Notice two things. The post title said “low-noise” not “noise-free”.
Totally noise-free recordings are like unicorns, dream about them all you want but they still will never exist.
So don’t expect noise-free, just do your best to minimize the noise.
The other important part of the post title? Continue reading
Looking for your first microphone for recording ASMR triggers? The Blue Yeti microphone is a great choice.
- It is the preferred microphone for many podcasters.
- It is a great value for the quality, around $100.
- It records in stereo, so by speaking from side-to-side you can create ear-to-ear sounds.
- It is a condensor-style microphone, so it is very sensitive at picking up whispers, subtle breaths, and mouth sounds.
- It plugs directly into your computer via a USB plug, no mixer or preamps needed.
Do I have some bad things to say about it? Unfortunately, yes. Continue reading