In this programme, postdoctoral research fellow Rob Gallagher explores the world of Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR), a term used by online communities who experience states of euphoric cranial ‘tingling’ when exposed to certain sonic ‘triggers’ – particularly ambient sounds and soft, deliberate speech.
Through readings and conversation in collaboration with two leading ASMR artists, Gallagher investigates ASMR’s broader historical and cultural context, asking what this idiosyncratic culture says about how we consume media and construct identities online.
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This programme was authored by Dr. Rob Gallagher, research associate at the Ego-Media project at King’s College London and co-produced with The Arts & Culture Unit.
It was first broadcast on 26 June 2015 as part of series one of Modulatons: Broadcasting Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, on Resonance 104.4fm.