As of late, it seems all and sundry walking the streets playing music on their headphones, what sound? We don’t realize. We assume we realize. Would the punk rocker at the back of the coach secretly rocking to Britney Spears? Or is a tracksuit-bottomed, highlight-headed teenager waiting for her friends, actually moshing out with Black Flag? The pinstripe power suit on the coach might be a huge Public Enemy supporter or the local ASBO could be a jazz fan that has a liking for Coltrane’s sax playing.
People who don’t dress in any music-themed outfits style can linger safely unspecified to the world at large as music customers. Or can they? Below are two designs and what they say about you:
Skullcandy are the latest-ish product (founded 2003) and aimed directly in the postpunk/goth/emo/whatever crowd. The evidence is in the name along with the kid-friendly Stencilled graphitti skull brand . Created to accompany bullet belts, Atticus shirts and skinny fit jeans, (the final relics of legitimate subculture now comfortably distant and changed by mere use of image and product in one. Punk’s early representation, i.e, the flaunting of poverty may be overtaken by a generation primed to devour ready-ripped jeans and spraypaint-effect t shirts, I, uh, mean whatever, man). Skullcandy headphones include a range of bright colors, as well as the stark black and white for optimum demand. Given the markup in value, it seems extremely doubtful a customer would acquire these earphones unless it was to build a statement about the music itself. This person (even though these are an eighty year old lady) is way more likely to be playing My Chemical Romance than they are Mozart.
Sennheiser headsets, distinctive by their less important, specialized design are more the domain of the audiophile, the music nut and the gadget freak. This person, though they could be attired in alike manner to the Skullcandy child, is way more likely to be playing Charles Mingus, a vintage Delta Blues or folk piece, appreciating it the way in which one might a excellent wine, along with all subtle cultural nuances therein. This person is serious about music, and his/her disregard 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 a real style…yet)
So, the peripherals we use within the 21st century say as much about us as our album collections might. Even if we don’t desire them to? That certainly seems being the case, anyway. Next: Why are we iPod users so bloody smug?