Design Museum Academy Adult Learning

Workshop: Compose your own ASMR Soundscapes

Are you a sound and music enthusiast? Join an immersive and creative workshop with sound/performance artist Lou Barnell and musician/sound artist Ian Thompson.

What to expect

How does sound relax us?

Do we listen with our ears or our whole body? Have you ever heard a sound that has brought you a sense of calm? Or even made your skin tingle?

Experiment with instruments, objects, and electronics to record, edit and mix your own ASMR soundscape. Discover ways to use audio effects and manipulate sounds to create and mix your own compositions. Explore sonic meditation techniques and relaxation with ASMR and understand how Binaural and stereo recording and effects can trigger ASMR response.

In this workshop, you will take part in a relaxing sonic meditation and immersive ASMR experience, and will create your own experimental compositions taking inspiration from objects, instruments and our new exhibition 'WEIRD SENSATION FEELS GOOD: The World of ASMR'.

No experience or prior knowledge in music-making or production is needed.


Lou Barnell

Barnell is an award-winning sound, movement and sculpture artist, radio DJ, and winner of the 2021 Oram Awards. As a neurodivergent woman, she uses movement, music and sculpture to communicate her synaesthetic experience of sound. Barnell works with shape-shifting materials such as ice, thermoplastic and wearable sensors to create an intense explosion of sensory experimentation and melting matter. More about Lou Barnell.

Ian Thompson

Thompson is a member of the SOUND/IMAGE research group at the University of Greenwich, working with new spatial sound technologies like the IKO speaker​. He’s worked with binaural recording technology for over a decade, exploring new ways of recording and producing spatial sound for headphone listening​. Thompson’s also a musician/sound artist, currently working on a binaural sound installation for an exhibition in the Lake District for 2022.

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Booking information

Adult: £80
Early bird adult: £73
Student: £73
Early bird student: £67
Members: £64
Early bird members: £58

10% early bird up to Sunday 05 February.

Capacity is limited, please book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Check out the Design Museum Academy refunds and cancellations policy here.

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Step out from behind your screen and experience the world of ASMR in a shared space.

Background image: Artwork by Hannah Lovell.