ASMR tour– An Affect Piece to booster website

  1. Massumi states in “The Autonomy of Affect” that the power to make your body physically react to something is one of the most essential potentials of affect. In order to do so, I would include in my ecology site a guided audio tour to create the pure affect for this promenade. And the guided audio tour will be presented as attached.
  2. Also I will include a fully immersed gallery with rich selections of photos to help audiences delve into the promenade. The fully immersed gallery style may better help the audience to concentrate and imagine how it is like in the Promenade.
  3. I will use bold and saturated colors to accentuate the sharp contrast between the garbage and the environment to really pop the garbage out, so that the audience’s attention could be drawn easily.

(Attached Audio Tour Sample)

Please do a 30-second warm up with me for reading this blog. Try to empty out your mind. Take a deep breath. Then sit in the most comfortable fashion you prefer. Good. Now we will dive into the audio world of the Promenade of Industry in Flushing.


You are at one end of the promenade. You just left a subway stop, and you could still hear the sound of subway rushing away. The subway sounds like thunder when it drives away. Doppler effect—the sound is getting weaker and weaker, more and more distant. You are walking on a wood promenade; the timber strips squeaks when you step on it. The wind is so strong that it hisses around your ears. You feel cold, so you tighten your jacket and hurry your pace. A few seconds before you could still hear a trace of sound of the 7 subway, but now it’s completely gone. Nothing to hear. Nothing but the sound of wind and the squeak of timber strips.

You are walking on the wood promenade. Yes, keep walking. A plane flits by and thunders while it flies around your area. The sound is so stout, that it slices apart the thick clouds on the gloomy sky and jumps right into your ears. The plane flies to the left, as your left ear captures a higher volume soundwave than your right ear could. You keep walking on the promenade. Now it’s silence again. Or more accurately, it is not completely silence. Now you are at the middle of the promenade, where you can look back to the tiny silhouette of the subway station and overlook to your front the blurry outline of a creak. You still have the wind hissing and the wood squeaking.

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You keep walking. Now you are at the other end of the promenade. You come closer to the creak, to the water. The dying reeds. You see a row of reeds striving along the curvy creak bank. You stop at a corner of the creak. The metal fences hassle, with a sound of friction. Littered bottles and jars lie on the water and gather at the corner. The wind is blowing the water, making the water collide with the bottles and jars. Thanks to the garbage on water, you can clearly hear the sound of water. It sounds similar to that when you turn on the tap and let the water run. The fluid, flowing, sinuous sound. You could already picture a wave or something like that when you hear the sound, for it is so rhythmic.


Now you look away from the corner of the creak. The Flocks of pigeons and wild ducks are in your sight. The wild ducks are swimming on the creak, quacking, very loudly, one after another. Sometimes they fly up a little bit and then bounce back to the river, splashing the water so that you hear it. The pigeons are so much quieter, as they only chirp one or two times. The wind hassling, the reeds swaying along with the wind, the garbage colliding with the water, the ducks quacking while sitting on the water, the pigeons standing on the metal fences and witnessing everything as it happens…

Works Cited:

Massumi, Brian. “The Autonomy of Affect.” Cultural Critique, no. 31, 1995, p. 83., doi:10.2307/1354446.

~ by gracehuang24 on February 27, 2018.

3 Responses to “ASMR tour– An Affect Piece to booster website”

  1. Best Overall – I loved how you directed the reader from one place to another – it was like having a personal tour of your ecology!

  2. Best Feeling – I love how you attached an audio to this blog. Sound usually does a good job in creating an immersive experience. I also like how you lead the readers in a manner of a tour guide. The detailed and vivid descriptions work well too.

  3. Best overall – I love the narrative of bringing the reader into your ecology with you as their guide. I feel like my imagination was filling in the blanks and really creating this space in my mind and then seeing your pictures and hearing the sound tied it together and I truly felt immersed.

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