Talk Dirty To Me: Deep Inside the Intimately Sexy World of Audio Porn

In all the years I’ve spent research­ing, think­ing about, and, yes, con­sum­ing many dif­fer­ent kinds of porn, this was the first time I’d ever heard any­one men­tion an audio-only vari­etal. Sure, I’ve read about the non­sex­u­al “brain orgasms” of ASMR, and any child from the 1990s remem­bers seedy ads for 1900 phone sex lines. But pre­re­cord­ed audio fan­tasies? Were those even a thing?

The myopia boom

East Asia has been gripped by an unprece­dent­ed rise in myopia, also known as short-sight­ed­ness. Six­ty years ago, 1020% of the Chi­nese pop­u­la­tion was short-sight­ed. Today, up to 90% of teenagers and young adults are. In Seoul, a whop­ping 96.5% of 19-year-old men are short-sight­ed.

The Ghost in the MP3

moD­ernisT” was cre­at­ed by sal­vaging the sounds lost to mp3 com­pres­sion from the song “Tom’s Din­er”, famous­ly used as one of the main con­trols in the lis­ten­ing tests to devel­op the MP3 encod­ing algo­rithm. Here we find the form of the song intact, but the details are just rem­nants of the orig­i­nal.