Voice 36 – Totoro

Granted Totoro doesn’t actually speak, but this sequence of him in the rain with an umbrella is still one of the most soothing things I’ve ever seen. Unfortunately the only video I could find online has been dubbed into French but as far as I can tell Totoro’s growls remain the same.


Voice 35 – Desmond Tutu

Obviously. Just listen to the way he says “atavistic”. Granted, not the most cheerful subject matter, but he’s saying nice things about it.

More Desmond saying good things after the jump.  More

Voice 34 – A little girl called Nina

There’s a pretty sizeable number of young children I could listen to all day provided they don’t get into a tantrum or start pulling my hair. Which is rare. Nina happens to be on Youtube though, so theoretically I could actually listen to her all day and be guaranteed not to get my hair-pulled or an unwelcome finger up my nose. Which is really all I ask.

More Nina videos after the jump  More

Voice 33 – Laetitia Sonami

The group I refer to as “my pretentious friends” tell me I’m very 2007. I suspect that’s not a compliment, but nonetheless and in the spirit of being slightly behind the curve, here’s the song Roses and Teeth from Matmos’ 2006 album The Rose Has Teeth in the Mouth of the Beast, with Sonami on vocals.

This song is really in the Mysterious Stranger category of soothing, ie if you can be soothed whilst simultaneously realising you’re going to have very strange dreams that night, it’s great!

Voice 32 – mausolfb

I love videogames, and the minimal intonation of the narrator is bettered only by my minimal understanding of what he’s talking about. But then emotional passivity and incomprehension are things I always find very soothing. Enjoy.

Voice 31 – CERN scientist guy

Yeah I don’t know what his name is. Nice voice though.

Voice 30 – Clay Carson

Ah lecturers. They have a hard life. Turn up with a nasal monotone whine and people won’t be able to bear to listen long enough to follow what you’re saying. Turn up, on the other hand, with a voice like Clay Carson’s, and as fascinating as his subject matter (African American Freedom Struggles) might be you’ll be lulled into a trance before you ever make head or tail of his conclusion.

Thankfully, though, we’re not history students. Well, maybe students of the history of soothe. So we can just enjoy. And, if you can stay awake long enough, this is informative to boot.