What draws me to these ambience videos isn't just the sound, but also the uncanny valley visuals. Unlike Chilled Cow's simple graphics (the often-memed "study girl"), the images in these videos look real, but something's not quite right. There's overlap between the 3D art world and the YouTube ambience niche, it turns out. AdvertisementIn non-pandemic times, ambience videos provided windows into other worlds or calming background noise for studying and working. As McLean sees it, the visual surreality of these ambience videos can actually be part of the appeal.