ASMR has come up a few times on GT already. CassiebearRAWR posted about her experiences last summer. Edie Beale posted a piece about her ASMR a few weeks ago. And IinventedPostIts shared this ASMR reading of a piece by bell hooks recently.

If you've not heard of ASMR, those pieces do a nice job explaining it and giving examples of common triggers for some people's tingly heads.

But, as I've looked more and more into ASMR, I've been surprised by what triggers most people. Whispering, low voices, and soft sounds like shuffling feet across carpets seem to trigger most ASMR-havers.

What I've not seen discusses is those of who are triggered by BIG noises. While the whispering videos are nice, they don't do anything for my ASMR.

For me, big voices, particularly big female voices get my head a tinglin'.

One powerful example is Rebekah Del Rio's "Llorando."

Another vocalist who consistently triggers my ASMR is Johnette Napolitano, of Concrete Blonde. I was luck enough to see Napolitano play live in PDX a few years ago, after 15 years of dedicated fandom.


Napolitano's voice is powerful. Like, I could feel it in my sternum powerful. One performance that really got the tingles going was her rendition of "Ghost Riders in the Sky." CB recorded this cover for their 2004 album, Mojave. The album version, which you can hear here:

is beautiful. It's striking. But the live version literally made my sternum vibrate and, of course, my head tingle. It also reduced me to a puddle of tears. Thank goodness it was dark in the venue!


I wonder, is this the case for any other ASMR-havers out there? Is there something besides whispering and soft noises that gives you tingles?

Update: I can't believe I forgot the tingliest female vocals of them all! Merry Clayton's vocals from "Gimme Shelter," isolated: