Nowadays, it seems every person walking the streets playing music on their headphones, what sound? We don’t get. We think we know. Could the punk rocker at the back of the bus secretly jamming to Britney Spears? Or is the tracksuit-bottomed, highlight-headed teenager awaiting her friends, in reality moshing out with Black Flag? The pinstripe power outfit in the coach might be an enormous Public Enemy fan or the local ASBO might be a jazz fan that has a affection for Coltrane’s sax performance.
People who don’t dress in any music-themed outfits design can linger securely unspecified to the world at large as music consumers. Or can they? Listed below are two manufacturers and what they are saying about you:
Skullcandy are a brand new-ish trade name (founded 2003) and designed straight on the postpunk/goth/emo/whatever crowd. The indication is now in the name as well as the kid-friendly Stencilled graphitti skull brand . Intended to go together with bullet belts, Atticus shirts and skinny fit jeans, (the last leftovers of genuine subculture now comfortably detached and replaced by mere consumption of image and merchandise in 1. Punk’s preliminary representation, i.e, the flaunting of poverty has been overtaken by a generation ready to spend ready-ripped jeans and spraypaint-effect t shirts, I, uh, mean whatever, guy). Skullcandy headphones appear in a spread of bright colours, also as a stark black and white for max appeal. Given the markup in price, this indicates extremely unlikely a customer would buy these headphones unless it is to produce a statement by the music itself. This individual (even if they are an 80 year old lady) is far more likely to be playing My Chemical Romance than they are Mozart.
Sennheiser headsets, distinctive by their smaller, specialized design are more the domain of that audiophile, the melody nut and also the gadget freak. This person, though they may be attired in similar way to that Skullcandy kid, is way more likely to be playing Charles Mingus, a vintage Delta Blues or folk piece, appreciating it just how one might a fine wine, as well as all slight cultural nuances therein. This individual is serious about songs, and his/her derision for bands of the minute may be equally significant. Expect a lecture at any second on the genius of Belgian techno or a number of incomprehensible Japanese arse-band (NOTE: arse-music is not an actual genre…yet)
So, the peripherals we use inside the 21st century say as much about us as our album collections might. Even when we do not desire them to? That certainly seems to be the case, anyway. Next: Why are we iPod customers so bloody smug?