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ASMR Music And Triggers

Playlist: ASMR Music

Recently I’ve had several people contact me telling me they find my music useful in triggering ASMR. If you have no idea what ASMR is (I didn’t at first) it stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. It’s a physical (but almost internal) sensation usually characterised by pleasant tingling feelings in the scalp or down the spine, although it affects different people in different ways, and sometimes not at all.

From what I’m told, it’s an abstract experience that’s hard to explain but often likened to things like water rushing under your scalp or having your brain gently massaged or tickled! While I’ve certainly experienced similar tingling feelings when listening to music before, I wasn’t really aware of it as a specific phenomenon, but it’s interesting that so many people report shared experiences.

Common things that can bring about these pleasurable feelings are known as ‘triggers’ and include things like quiet soothing talking, soft whispering or even something as abstract as watching videos of people carrying out simple but deeply-focused tasks. There are thousands of ASMR videos on YouTube if you want to find out more. From what I’ve been told, it’s a very unique experience and what triggers ASMR in one person may have no effect on another.

It seems that my ambient space music is the most common trigger out of all my tracks to use as ASMR music, probably because it’s often very calm, atmospheric and soothing. I also tend to put a lot of detailed but subtle layers of sound in my music, so I guess that’s certainly likely to enhance the effect.

I’ve put together a playlist above of some of my ambient music videos that you might want to take a listen to and see if it triggers anything for you! And there’s links to more tracks below if you want to try them out (some are also available on Spotify/iTunes/Rdio etc.) and you obviously don’t have to license them if you’re just downloading for your own listening:

Obviously, listening on headphones is likely to reveal more detail and make the experience more intense. If any of my music does anything for you, I’d love to hear about your experiences – feel free to let me know.

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Mission Point, Michigan By Chris Penney (Dogbyte Films)

Mission Point, Michigan

Some lovely 4k footage of nature and tranquil scenery shot on a cloudy day in Mission Point, Michigan by filmmaker Chris Penney. Chris is a talented and passionate filmmaker from Grand Rapids who makes feature films, documentaries and commercial productions through his own production company Dogbyte Films.

I’m honoured to have had some of my music used by Chris in some of his previous film work. If you need any kind of commercial production or film work done, Chris is an experienced and well-equipped filmmaker so get in touch with him:

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All Music Licenses Now Cover Mobile Apps & Games

Photo credit: Game Prototyping With Wooden Blocks & Pieces via photopin (license)

To simplify my licensing terms for apps & games developers, all my music licenses have now been updated to cover use in mobile apps & games (e.g. for Android or iOS developers).

So if you need some music for your game or mobile app you can now choose from any of my music licenses with prices starting at £9.99 for non-commercial use, £29.99 for commercial use or £39.99 for one of my multiple-use royalty free music collections. All of these will cover use of my music in your game or app, depending on your app and what type of license you need.

To sum it up briefly, my non-royalty free individual tracks (one-off use) are £9.99 if the app is free or £29.99 if the app is a commercial (paid) release. Then I also have royalty free album collections where you can use the music repeatedly in unlimited games, apps and any other audio visual productions commercially for £39.99.

And to simplify other parts of my licensing terms, I’ve also removed all terms that previously limited you to only being able to sell up to 1,000 copies of physical units of your productions (e.g. DVDs or Blu Rays of your films). When you now buy a commercial license or a royalty free collection, there are no longer any limits to the amount of physical releases of your films and productions you can sell! Unlimited!

If you have any questions about my licensing terms or using the music, take a look at the FAQs or licensing info, or please feel free to get in touch if you have any other questions.

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Summer Skies: 4K Ultra HD Timelapse Compilation By Andrias Joensen

Summer Skies – 4K Ultra HD Timelapse Compilation

Great new time lapse video from photographer Andrias Joensen at AHJ Photography that features music from my royalty free music collection Volume 8 (Deep Space Ambient).

“This new timelapse compilation focuses on the many Sun sequences, mainly sunsets, I’ve shot , mostly in 2015, but also a few from 2014. There’s also a sequence from the March 20th Solar Eclipse.”

Andrias Joensen

You can see more of Andrias’ work at the following sites:

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Summer Milky Way & Airglow Time Lapse By Harley Grady

Summer Milky Way & Airglow Time Lapse (4K ULTRA HD)

Here’s a really nice new Milky Way time lapse video from photographer Harley Grady that features my ambient space music track Coronal Mass Ejection.

“We’ve had lots of rain in the north Texas area. Finally had a clear (and free) weekend to shoot a time lapse of the Milky Way. Notice the green glow at around the :50 second mark? That’s an astronomical phenomena called ‘airglow’.”

Harley Grady

Find more of Harley’s work and license his footage from these links:

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New Ambient Space Music Track ‘Coronal Mass Ejection’

Ambient Space Music: Coronal Mass Ejection by Simon Wilkinson

Now up on the site is my new ambient space music track Coronal Mass Ejection (promo video above). The track is an 8 minute atmospheric instrumental soundscape with a subtle but epic slow burning deep space/solar feel.

It’s ideal background mood music for listening to when your mind is focused on things like writing or reading sci-fi novels, programming, gaming etc. You can buy the track just for personal listening and it’s also available to instantly license for use in your own space videos, films and documentaries:

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Another Reason To Invest In Ambient Music: Music Can Trick Your Brain

Everyone knows that music is an essential component of success for any venture, but could it affect more than we originally thought? From the heart-pounding fear we feel in horror movies to the adrenaline rush from success in games, it’s all apparently tied to what music does to our brains.

Music evokes emotion and distinctly transcends sensory experiences, allowing us to feel the pain of a character losing a loved one in a dramatic film or feel frightened when a zombie attacks you surprisingly in a video game. Malini Mohana of Psych Central explains that, “music can be thought of as a type of perceptual illusion… where the brain imposes structure and order of a sequence of sounds that, in effect, creates an entirely new system of meaning.” Depending on how music is utilized, the tunes and sounds can have a number of effects on us. Something as subtle as background music can even affect brain functions.

Much like lighting and temperature can affect our productivity, ambient music can get your creative juices flowing, which is why you might often find writers working in coffee shops that play soothing music at moderate noise levels. The right level of noise can enhance performance in creative tasks because we resort to abstract processing, something that helps us break down any difficulties or struggles by employing innovative strategies.

But when the music is played too loudly, you become distracted and your thinking is impaired. Waterloo University researchers discovered that participants in their study experienced heightened arousal when they played on slot machines with music compared to the machines without sound effects. The music manipulated them into disguising losses as wins, where they won less than what they originally bet. This is why casino operators capitalize on their games to encourage their patrons to dig deeper into their pockets.

Although many people are aware of the psychological interplay between the aural stimuli and the neuronal responses, it never stopped the sports booking site Betfair from getting their share in the casino action, helping them achieve double-digit growth in the last three quarters. And many other leading online portals are having similar success stories.

No matter how it’s integrated, music is extremely powerful and can change the way we perceive and experience things in our lives, for better or worse.

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New Ambient Album Promo Video ‘Cryosleep Dreams’

Ambient Space Music: Cryosleep Dreams (album sampler) by Simon Wilkinson

I’ve just released a new album of ambient space music called Cryosleep Dreams and you can watch a promo video for it above. The album features 10 tracks (101 minutes) of atmospheric and cinematic music with a sci-fi/space theme.

The music is instrumental and richly textured and varies from dark drones to light, airy and ethereal pieces. It’s the kind of music you can listen to while working, writing, meditating, triggering ASMR or just to help you sleep. All of the tracks are at least 7 minutes long (the longest being just under 20 minutes) which makes it perfect for calming background use or falling asleep to.

This album is aimed more at ‘general’ fans of atmospheric ambient music (as opposed to filmmakers) although the tracks will be available for licensing if you’re interested. I’ve had feedback from people who like the sound of my royalty free music albums but understandably don’t want to pay for licensing when they just want to listen to it for pleasure. So I’ll be writing lots more ‘regular’ albums that will be priced more in line with standard albums for non-industry music fans.


1. Alpha State Begins (9:05)
2. Pushing Through Crystal Ice Clouds (14:32)
3. Planetfall (8:00)
4. Gravity Waves (8:38)
5. Descending Node (7:01)
6. Orbital Drift (10:17)
7. Binary Storm (7:05)
8. Panoramic Light (9:55)
9. Cold Methuselah (7:04)
10. The Divine Realm (19:42)

The album is available now from my store (link below) and also on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify etc. The lovely cover image comes courtesy of artist and photographer Sarah Fenwick at and I knew it was the perfect image for the album cover as soon as I saw it.

Also available from:

Google Play

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Horror Movie ‘Silent Retreat’ Features My Music

Silent Retreat (2016) Official Trailer #2 – Thriller | Horror Movie

One for you horror movie fans, new film Silent Retreat from director Ace Jordan features some of my dark atmospheric music. Watch the trailer above and find out more info below.

“Six members of a media company go on a weekend business retreat at an isolated lodge in the woods. When one of the members goes missing, they discover that the lodge was formerly a private mental institution that had been shut down after allegations of devious misconduct. One by one, they fall victim to the dark secrets buried at the lodge.”

You can visit the film’s official website here or see the social media links below:





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Android Puzzle App ‘Binary Challenge’ Features My Ambient Space Music

Binary Challenge game featuring my ambient space music

Here’s a cool new puzzler app for Android devices that features some of my ambient space music to help keep you focused while playing! Binary Challenge is a techy brain-game with a cool hi-tech look where you have to solve binary and hex numerical challenges. One for the more scientifically-minded!

It’s a free download from the Google Play store and comes from the awesome team at Increatly. Give it a try at the following link or just search for Binary Challenge on the Play store: