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