Which is certainly…an interesting talking point when your date picks it out of your collection and asks you what the Hell it is.
ASMR is pretty big right now. You know what that is, right? Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response is a strange sensation that some people get when they listen to certain amplified sounds. The most common ASMR trigger is usually someone whispering or making other…sounds, I guess, into a high-quality microphone. That’s at least what I’ve been able to determine with a quick search through YouTube. Now, maybe mouth sounds just don’t do it for you. Maybe you think listening to someone whispering sensually is…kinda weird. You’re a traditionalist, you like the analogue rather than the digital. If that’s the case, then I have good news for you.
Released by Trunk Records, Mechanical Keyboard Sounds is a vinyl LP collection of, you guessed it, high quality recordings of the clickity-clackity of 13 different mechanical keyboards. Each keyboard has been captured in high-fidelity audio for four whole minutes of sweet analogue typing bliss, if you’re into that sort of thing. Stuart London, of the metal group Bad Guys, pitched the idea to Trunk Records owner Jonny Trunk who, while initially sceptical, had his mind swayed with a few links to YouTube. “It was a video of someone typing in close up. The keyboard looked beautiful. The amplified noise was unusual to say the least, certainly as close to “whisper porn” (or ASMR) as I’d heard that day. It made hairs on my body do odd things. I felt some kind of peculiar, possibly glandular, reaction”.
Which is a pretty uncomfortable thing to include in an official press statement, but hey, he’s just speaking his truth.
This won’t be the first LP released by Trunk Records that focuses on analogue ASMR, as just last month the released ASMR: Recordings of Typing on Bespoke and Luxury Keyboards. Both that record and the upcoming version focused on mechanical keyboards have been composed by Taeha Types, who runs both a YouTube and Twitch channel dedicated to the sounds of mechanical keyboards. You can hear some audio samples of Recordings of Typing on Bespoke and Luxury Keyboards over on the album’s Boomkat.
Last Updated: December 3, 2019