A partial list of my favorite sounds

October 2, 2014

Mike Rugnetta’s “Whisper Quiet” episode of Reasonably Sound talks about the phenomenon of Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, or as some less delicately put it, “braingasms.”  In essence, it’s a sound that gives you a tingly feeling, like a whisper, or fingers drumming on a cardboard box.  There is an ASMR section on Reddit, and one YouTube ASMR channel, GentleWhispering, has over a quarter-million subscribers.

I don’t know of any sounds that give me quite that sensation, but I do have my own favorite sounds.  My children’s first words and my late Grandpa Art mumbling “Jesus CHRIST” whenever a Minnesota sports team disappointed him are sadly unavailable on YouTube, but the following are also quite resonant.

Bob Ducca reading a list:

The noise Iggy Pop makes at 0:05 of  The Stooges’ “Down On The Street”:


Every instance of a character screaming during the diaper robbery in Raising Arizona:

(There’s a better, unembeddable clip of the above here.)

Nelson Muntz:

The sample of The Sweet’s “Ballroom Blitz” in The Beastie Boys’ “Hey Ladies” (the 3:10 mark):