Exciting news! Silk ASMR’s new app for the Apple Store has now gone public as of June 21! I participated as an app artist (under my blog name booklearner) in the project last summer and am now spreading the word to all of you. You can download the app for free, sample recordings for free, and listen to one of my three recordings or any number of the other 40 artists’ 200+ recordings. Silk ASMR comes preloaded with 40 free crystals + 10 extra free crystals when you take the app survey. Plus, you can give the app your honest review and help other listeners.
What is ASMR? ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. It is experienced by some individuals as a “pleasurable tingling sensation in the head, scalp, back peripheral regions of the body’ in response to visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory, or cognitive stimuli.” [Wikipedia] Because there is little scientific explanation or verified data, Dr. Craig Richard (professor at Shenandoah University School of Pharmacy) along with several others, created a research project on the phenomenon. You can learn more at Dr. Richard’s ASMR University website.
I do not personally experience ASMR. But many people use ASMR videos (which seems to be gaining in popularity on YouTube) for relaxation and for help with insomnia. Some people use ASMR for guided meditation. Instead, I chose to make my recordings more instructive and creative. Two of my recordings are freestyle speeches, or lectures if you will, on the topics of the importance of family history and journaling. I hope they are found to be inspiring and motivating. They both started out as articles on this blog, which I then turned into my app speeches and erased from booklearned to avoid copyright issues. The third recording is a collection of poetry by L. M. Montgomery.
Some youtube videos out there on ASMR are kind of ‘iffy’. But I felt confident in Dr. Richard’s research and enjoyed working with him on this project. One thing that makes this project unique is that you can mix and layer different soundtracks together. So, you can select someone speaking, then add in some background sound effects such as crinkling, tapping, white noise, and relaxing music. You can custom make it to suit your liking! The app is brand new, but already the reviews are saying that the app is professional, realistic, and user-friendly. I asked the professor how he came to name the app Silk ASMR, and he replied:
“We wanted our name to represent quality and comfort, attributes well known to the material of silk. Another major reason was the word itself. The “sk” sound is one of the strongest vocal sounds for stimulating ASMR in many individuals….
“The app icon is a silk moth. Specifically, actias luna, also known as the “luna moth.” Its transformation from an earth-bound caterpillar to a free-flying moth is a metaphor for how someone may feel after being relaxed, well rested, or after experiencing ASMR. Our hope is that this app will bring you a similar type of transformation or rejuvenation.”
I’m grateful to Dr. Richard for the opportunity, as well as thankful to Ruth Golding, an ever-popular fellow Librovoxer from across the pond who helped me with the technical side of things. She also contributed to the app.
I hope you’ll take the time to enjoy my recordings (you’ll find me as booklearner)! You can visit Silk’s website here, plus follow Silk on the following social media:
You can find tutorials and demos on YouTube, Pinterest and Facebook. Enjoy! 🙂