Monday, December 20, 2010

Tingle Triggers: Acoustic Guitars

Yes, I know the screenshot is actually from S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Clear Sky The other night I downloaded a collection of acoustic covers of songs that featured in a game called S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl. They weren’t just ripped from the game itself, but were made by a fan of the game. I first heard word of this a long time ago, but only just recently did I get around to downloading it.

While I was listening to the rather beautiful music, I noticed that I did get a bit of an uncharacteristic tingle or two. In some of the tracks, if you focus on the sounds, you can pick up (no pun intended) on the subtle string noises on the acoustic guitar. I think this helped in starting off the sensations.

This was more evident on the later tracks (try Track 10). And it seemed to be intensified in the OGG versions of the tracks. OGG is a more compressed and slightly higher quality file type than MP3. The MP3 versions were also present in the zip file. The OGG ones had more bass to them and sounded a little less harsh than the other variety.

In any case, I don’t think I’ve ever experienced this as a way to trigger off my ASMR: listening to acoustic guitar music. You think I would have after years of having to live next to some little brat who still can’t play for toffee!

If you want to listen to these, you can download them here. There are eleven tracks all in all, in two different file formats. MP3 is obviously more compatible with most media players, but you should be able to get the OGGs working with a little effort.

If nothing else, this makes for some great music, even if you don’t experience anything else* from them. I can’t guarantee that all “asmers” will get it from listening to the tracks. Some might and others might not.

* You know what I mean by now.

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