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This post is part of Hard Refresh, a soothing weekly column where we try to cleanse your brain of whatever terrible thing you just witnessed on Twitter.


Have you ever wanted to live inside a virtual world? If so, put on some headphones and follow me this way.

Welcome to the magical world of ambient soundscapes. Here, you can instantly transport yourself to a secret bakery or pirate ship with a single click.  

You've probably heard of ASMR, or autonomous sensory meridian response. These calming clips on YouTube aim to give listeners "brain tingles" through various visual and auditory techniques such as whispering, scratching, and tapping. In this realm, a small number of sound artists on YouTube are churning out ambient soundscapes: lengthy audio-centric videos meant to invoke the feeling of being somewhere else. Read more...

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