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Immersive Sound Healing

  Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) Immersive 360 Sound Healing video   Partners:  WhispersRed , ASMR YouTube Artist London,  Visyon360  Barcelona  Deliverables: 360 ASMR interactive film  Location: Barcelona, Spain  Date: November 20th 2017

Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) Immersive 360 Sound Healing video

Partners: WhispersRed, ASMR YouTube Artist London, Visyon360 Barcelona

Deliverables: 360 ASMR interactive film

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Date: November 20th 2017

Wikipedia describes ASMR as ‘An experience characterised by a static-like or tingling sensation on the skin that typically begins on the scalp and moves down the back of the neck and upper spine. It has been compared with auditory-tactile synesthesia and may overlap with frisson.”

 How does sound manifest into a physical sensation in the body?  I was fascinated by the cult ASMR phenomena.  How could I harness the power of sound in an immersive environment and make my viewers actually feel something in their bodies - how far could I push this as a VR filmmaker?

How does sound manifest into a physical sensation in the body?

I was fascinated by the cult ASMR phenomena.

How could I harness the power of sound in an immersive environment and make my viewers actually feel something in their bodies - how far could I push this as a VR filmmaker?

 Emma had had a car accident several years back and suffered PTSD. She sought soothing videos on YouTube and found a softly spoken woman teaching a Russian class. Tuning into her videos, they had calming effects, but also the whispering triggered an ASMR response in Emma’s body. The sound put her in a state of relaxation and situated her right in the moment, and eased her pain.  That’s when Emma saw a creative opportunity to make her own videos.

Emma had had a car accident several years back and suffered PTSD. She sought soothing videos on YouTube and found a softly spoken woman teaching a Russian class. Tuning into her videos, they had calming effects, but also the whispering triggered an ASMR response in Emma’s body. The sound put her in a state of relaxation and situated her right in the moment, and eased her pain. That’s when Emma saw a creative opportunity to make her own videos.

 Role play in the videos plays a key component to how ASMR videos work. The viewers are addressed directly by the Youtube artist. This direct form of communication Emma tells me; triggers (in some people) a physical memory response, and is nostalgic of when a teacher, parent or relative gave you close personal attention when you were a child that perhaps we now lack in our adult lives.

Role play in the videos plays a key component to how ASMR videos work. The viewers are addressed directly by the Youtube artist. This direct form of communication Emma tells me; triggers (in some people) a physical memory response, and is nostalgic of when a teacher, parent or relative gave you close personal attention when you were a child that perhaps we now lack in our adult lives.

 The other profound and intriguing thing about this phenomena, is that hand movements and the soft; deliberate way someone blinks has a hypnotic and enchanting trigger reaction in the person engaging with the films. I found the power that the videos had over me intoxicating at times. As a Virtual Reality Director I wanted to see if these artistic elements used in a two dimensional plane had even more power in a 360 immersive format.

The other profound and intriguing thing about this phenomena, is that hand movements and the soft; deliberate way someone blinks has a hypnotic and enchanting trigger reaction in the person engaging with the films. I found the power that the videos had over me intoxicating at times. As a Virtual Reality Director I wanted to see if these artistic elements used in a two dimensional plane had even more power in a 360 immersive format.

Visyon 360 camera team

Visyon 360 camera team