Monday, 30 June 2014

ASMR Andy

I've only gone and made a YouTube channel! It's called ASMR Andy, and so far I have two videos on there. Please have a look, and tell me what you think.

Diolch,
Andy x


Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Ice cream loaf


I saw this online and had to try it. It's really easy, all you need is:

1 pint of ice cream (that's been left out of the freezer to melt)
210g of self raising flour

That's it! Mix them together and pour into a lined loaf tin, and bake at gas mark 4 / 180 degrees for about 45 minutes.

It's not bad, maybe a bit expensive - but definitely give it a go! :) I used Ben & Jerry's Phish Food, and I also threw in some chocolate chips.




Tuesday, 10 June 2014

ASMR

ASMR is an acronym for autonomous sensory meridian response. It's something I've experienced all my life, but only found out this week that it has a name. I've struggled previously to explain what it feels like, and when it happens. I've always used the terms "tingle in my head" when hearing a "chocolate voice". Someone with a nice, soft voice, and when they speak, it makes my brain tingle. Yes, I realise how weird I sound!

Though it is not a medically proven phenomenon, there are plenty of people who experience it, and the similarities as so similar as to show that it is actually a real thing. Here's the Wikipedia entry.

My triggers, as I have learned they're called, are soft-speaking, whispering, paper folding noises, and close-ear speaking. Turns out that accents are triggers for me too - specifically Japanese, Australian, German and Indian accents! There are a few videos I have watched, while trying to learn things, eg Blender, origami, cooking or whatever that made me tingle; I thought I'd post them here to see if they work on anyone else.





Here's a podcast of Alan Lee (one of the conceptual artists who worked on Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings films), please ignore the first voice, Alan starts speaking at about 5 minutes). Here is the podcast.

Since I started researching ASMR, I discovered so many videos on youtube, made specifically for ASMRers. Here are a few of my favourites:


This is Ally, apart from making really good ASMR videos, she's also really nice and friendly!




So anyway, just wanted to write about ASMR, as I now know it's not just me who experiences it! I'd be interested in hearing about your experiences too.

Sunday, 1 June 2014

A night on bald mountain


I blogged about this in 2010, but then I forgot all about it! I wasn't on Soundcloud then either, so didn't have anywhere to host my sound experiments. Here's the original blog post:

Night on Bald Mountain is a fantasy for orchestra that was composed by Modest Mussorgsky; and based on a tone poem of his. The original tone poem was called St. John's Night on the Bare Mountain and had a Witches' Sabbath as its theme. He completed it on June the 23rd 1867; on St. John's Eve, and exactly a hundred and ten years before I was born. I've always been drawn to this piece of music, ever since I saw Disney's Fantasia when I was little. Now that I know more about its evolution and history, I love it even more.
I thought it was about time that Fflwcs had a go at making a version of Bald Mountain. I use all the original score, but have tried to emphasise the otherworldliness of the piece, and also the downright scariness of it. Wales has so many beautiful mountains, and lots of my childhood was spent climbing them, so I think that has inspired me and my love of this Mussorgsky work. There is a legend in Wales: if you sleep on the summit of Cader Idris, when you wake up you'll either be mad, or a poet. My Mam used to joke that if I slept up there I'd wake up exactly the same.

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