As of late, it appears every person strolling on the streets playing tunes on their earphones, what sound? We don’t realize. We think we realize. Would the punk rocker at the rear of that bus secretly jamming to Britney Spears? Or is the tracksuit-bottomed, highlight-headed lass awaiting her friends, actually moshing out with Black Flag? The pinstripe power suit on the coach might be a massive Public Enemy supporter or the local ASBO might be a jazz fan that has a soft spot for Coltrane’s sax performance.
People that don’t dress in any music-themed clothing style can linger safely anonymous to the world at large as music customers. Or can they? Here are two designs and what they say about you:
Skullcandy are a brand new-ish brand name (founded 2003) and designed straight at the postpunk/goth/emo/whatever crowd. The clue is in the name and also the kid-friendly Stencilled graphitti skull emblem. Intended to accompany bullet belts, Atticus shirts and skinny fit jeans, (the last vestiges of true subculture now comfortably detached and replaced by mere use of icon and products in 1. Punk’s first representation, i.e, the flaunting of poverty is overtaken by a generation primed to use ready-ripped jeans and spraypaint-effect shirts, I, uh, mean whatever, guy). Skullcandy headphones appear in a range of loud colors, as well as the stark black and white for maximum application. Given the gain in price, it appears highly unlikely that a consumer would purchase these earphones unless the time to build a statement by the music itself. This individual (even though they are an 80 year old lady) is much more likely to be paying attention to My Chemical Romance than they may be Mozart.
Sennheiser earphones, distinctive by their slighter, expert design are more the domain of the audiophile, the music nut as well as the gadget freak. This person, though they may be attired in comparable way to that Skullcandy kid, is far more probable to be taking note of Charles Mingus, a vintage Delta Blues or folk piece, appreciating it the way in which one might a fine wine, along with all slight cultural nuances therein. This individual is serious about music, and his/her disdain for bands of the minute could be equally important. Imagine a lecture at any 2nd on the genius of Belgian techno or a quantity of incomprehensible Japanese arse-band (NOTE: arse-music isn’t an actual genre…yet)
So, the peripherals we use inside the 21st century say as much about us as our disc collections might. Even if we do not wish for them to? That undoubtedly seems to be possible, anyhow. Next: How come we iPod users so bloody smug?