The new album by saxophonist Mette Henriette – Kultur

A jet of air between reeds and rubber, resinated horsehair on silver wire, felt hammers on steel: the trio of saxophonist Mette Henriette meets key stimuli of the ASMR.


Andrian Kreye

If you reduce music entirely to sound, as saxophonist Mette Henriette does over long stretches on her new album “Drifting”, this can produce an effect known as the neurological phenomenon of ASMR. The abbreviation stands for “Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response”. The official definition of this reaction is “the subjective experience of ‘low-level euphoria'” characterized by “a combination of positive feelings and a marked static tingling sensation on the skin.” This has been a phenomenon on the Internet for more than ten years. There are videos with acoustic and visual stimuli. Whispers and rustles, for example, the sights of liquid chocolate being smoothed out or a knife dividing a melon.

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